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The Contract

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Crime/Thriller Rated R. The widower teacher and baseball and basketball coach Ray Keene lost his wife that died of cancer two years ago. When his teenage son Chris Keene is caught by the police smoking pot, Ray invites him to hike and camp in the woods to increase their bonds. Meanwhile, the mercenary assassin Frank Cordell is arrested by FBI after a car accident in the middle of a contract to kill an important target. While Frank is traveling on the road escorted by three FBI agents, his men try to rescue him, but his car falls into a river and is carried by the drift. Ray helps the wounded agent and the cuffed Frank to leave the river, and feels responsible to deliver Frank to justice. The former policeman and stubborn Ray does not listen to Frank's proposal to leave him alone and travel through the woods with Chris, trying to find a safe place. But the men of the Frank and an undercover agent in the team are chasing the group with different lethal intentions. As far as thrillers go you are not going to see much in the way of original here, but what you do get is a solid film with a terrific cast. Those of us all know the kind of actor Morgan Freeman is and his role here as an assassin is no different, he plays it to perfection. Also for those that seen "1408" now know John Cusack can carry a film on his and do very well and in The Contract he is again spot on. As far as the action and suspense go, there's a few times in the film where it lags a little but for the most part the film maintains a high level till the very end. Freeman and Cusack play well off each other which also helps keep the entertaining. Sadly this didn't get a big theatrical release cause with it's star power alone I am surely many would of went to check it out and it's a lot better than many of what is going into theaters today. Released by First Look Home Entertainment. **** Out Of *****