For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Family Vacation Movies, here’s a review of The Contract (2006) by Darren Lucas of Movie Reviews 101
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Darren Lucas of Movie Reviews 101 and we will be reviewing our favorite New York Films That Take Place Prior to 9/11.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to pre9-11NYCDarren@movierob.net
Try to think out of the box!
Let’s see what Darren thought of this movie:
The Contract is directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Mr Church & Evelyn). It stars acting heavyweights Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption), John Cusack (Con-Air) and Alice Krige (Silent Hill).
The Contract starts as Ray (Cusack) is trying to rebuild his relationship with his son Chris (Anderson). This sees the pair agreeing to go on a hiking trip through the woods. Meanwhile, assassin Carden (Freeman) and his team have just completed a job, when he is involved in an accident. As he is getting transferred to prison, his team make a rescue attempt, landing him at Ray & Chris’s feet.
Ray & Chris look to escort Carden out, to guarantee their safety before handing him over. Carden’s men are searching for him, as they are tracking them through the woods. Elsewhere, the FBI also want to find Carden, leaving Ray to figure out how to get out of the woods alive.
When it comes to family vacations, a hiking trip counts. The movie doesn’t put much focus on the hiking bonding, because it jumps straight into the meeting between the two sides. The journey the group goes on is an adventure through the woodlands of Washington State, which gives us some picturesque scenery.
Morgan Freeman gets to have a lot of fun in the villainous role including the perfectly executed line ‘I don’t have to help, I’m the bad guy’. John Cusack is good in the film too. The supporting cast gets to have their moments to shine, as the story will keep taking twists along the way.
My Rating 3/5
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