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The Contract (Steelbook Packaging)

3.6 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews

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The only thing standing between an assassin and his target is a father who must protect his son. While on a hiking trip to reconnect with his son after the death of his wife, Ray Keene (John Cusack) stumbles into a nightmare scenario of paid assassins and ex-military guns-for-hire. Frank Cardin (Morgan Freeman) is attempting to fulfill a contract to assassinate a high profile businessman when things go arwy and he ends up in the custody of the U.S. Marshalls. After an ill-fated attempt by his compatriots to free him Frank finds himself in the custody of ex-lawman Ray and his son (Jamie Anderson). As the trio tries to make their way back to civilization they are relentlessly pursued by Frank's friends who are intent on freeing their leader in order to collect on the contract. But one pursuer may be more foe than friend. LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK PACKAGING.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ned Bellamy, John Cusack, Jonathan Hyde, Alice Krige, Bill Smitrovich
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: FIRST LOOK PICTURES
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DM37TA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,027 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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Format: Amazon Video
After seeing all the one star reviews, I almost didn't watch this movie. I'm glad I ignored them. I actually liked it. Question. How many action movies have you seen where one untrained guy or a few untrained people go against all odds fighting highly trained, well equipped mercenaries, rouge government agents, etc, etc? Answer: Just about all of them, so why complain it. For an action movie, I thought this was pretty good. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but for those of you thinking about watching this, I have one friendly comment. Make up your own mind about it. If I decided not to watch movies based on bad reviews, I can tell I would've missed a lot of good movies. My opinion... good entertainment. Good popcorn movie. No one in this movie is going to win "best-actor"... but who cares!!!
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A well done, low-key medium octane thriller, The Contract works on quite a few levels offering up plentiful helpings of drama, thrills, action, and intrigue. The story revolves around a father and son learning to reconnect and trust one another under tense circumstances after becoming inadvertantly entangled in a dangerous criminal plot. Though there are certainly some scenes of violence, the film isn't buried in heavy amounts of gore or extreme violence and was the perfect Friday night thriller for us all including our 18 year old nephew. Fun, exciting movie; Morgan & Cusack are always in top form.
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Format: DVD
Enjoyable if not derivitive thriller with perfunctory performances by leads Morgan Freemand and John Cusack. The storyline is thin, the characters are thin, but the film is beautifully shot, had some wonderful set pieces (the cliff scene) and some moments of nice suspense and action. A few of the action sequences are extremely well executed and surpisingly quite thrilling. On the downside, the movie definitely plays it too safe, there's certainly nothings screaming "extraordinary" in any sense, and is lacking verisimilitude. Still, it's a pleasant and very scenic journey, has some memorable moments, and John Cusack and Morgan Freeman even when only mediocre are still always fun to watch on screen.
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I have seen this film more than once and really enjoy it more each time. If you really enjoy a well written and acted film then you will really like this one. Great cast and wonderful plot. If you are like me and like to be entertained and are interested in story line, cinematography, ect... then I believe you will like the contract. Just to add Morgan Freeman and John Cusack really have great chemistry and I am a big fan of both.
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I realize I must suspend disbelief some when I watch a movie but this movie was just too unbelievable even for a movie. People in serious car wrecks and escape without a scratch, 3 men in a helicopter crash that destroyed the helicopter and they all walk away. A guy doing precision shooting out of a bouncing helicopter. I couldn't even finish. Goes to show that two great stars can make a lemon movie.
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By a. parr on September 19, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Morgan Freeman and John Cusack-great pair. Well done. And the young actor (sorry I do not have your name but you will be famous, too)-all were wonderful and believable characters. Another watch again.
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Format: DVD
I see John Cusack and Morgan Freeman's face on the cover of a DVD box, I buy it. Not that these guys have never made a bad movie, but they've certainly never made a movie worse. The same is true here, although the movie was already pretty bad to begin with.

Gym teacher Ray Keene (Cusack at his most vacant) has a pubescent son who is grappling with several dull plot contrivances (the Dead Mom and Infrequent Pot Smoking). In an attempt to bond with him before he goes too far down the wrong path, Ray takes his boy hiking. Turns out they BOTH end up down the wrong path, in the middle of which is escaped-assassin, Frank (Freeman, who gives new meaning to the phrase "phoning it in"). Frank is pursued by his team of assisstants (assassisstants?), who want badly to be paid, but not far behind are also a group of snobbish U.S. Marshalls who have their own agendas. It's Ray's job to avoid these two deadly (?) forces and bring Frank to justice.

No, wait. Ray's job is a gym coach, making the next several hours of his life a pretty amazing feat, as he scales bluffs, outwits and outmanuevers a whole cadre of military-trained mercenaries and political heavies that appear to have no skills beyond complaining about coffee and smirking smugly at the incompetent local lawmen. And, to be fair, the local lawmen are remarkably incompetent.

Who wrote this thing? Furthermore, how did they get Driving Miss Daisy's Bruce Beresford to direct? That must be, at least, how they got Freeman to lend his Oscar-winning weight to the title. And that would explain Cusack (because who WOULDN'T want to star next to the incomparable Freeman?).
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Format: Amazon Video
The Contract is a cat and mouse game with John Cusack's character, Ray Keene as the mouse and Morgan Freeman's character, Frank Camden as the cat. This is one the few Freeman movies I can remember where he was a truly "bad" bad guy. In Shawshank Redemption, Freeman was a "good" bad guy. Yes, he was imprisoned and he deserved it. Here he's an assassin who wants Keene gone because Keene wants Camden brought to justice.

I really felt these were believable characters. I enjoyed the movie and got lost in it. Watching movies at home I am too often afforded an opportunity to "multitask". You know, play solitaire on the phone, search Amazon's Lightning Deals, etc. While watching this, I was locked in. The only thing I did was get up for a glass of water and that was only after pausing the movie.

Freeman is a great actor. Cusask is a great actor. This was a very good vehicle to allow them each to shine.
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