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The Contractor
DVD disk
07.12.2007 By: Mathew Plale
The Contractor order
Director:
Josef Rusnak

Actors:
Wesley Snipes
Eliza Bennett
Lena Headey

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After being double crossed following an assassination, James Dial (Snipes) tries to find out who's behind it while being pursued by police in a foreign country.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I took one look at the cover for the DVD, saw outlaw Wesley Snipes, and quickly IMDb-ed it. Reading up, I was halfway tempted to toss the disc and just write a retrospect of Major League, with a special tribute to Willie Mays Hayes. Unfortunately, the boss isn’t open to these sorts of ideas.

You know you’re in for something special when the first scene of a movie has Wesley Snipes being tossed from a horse on his Montana ranch (hey, he’s no Cleavon Little). It’s come to this for Wesley, it seems—from Mo’ Better Blues to straight-to-video news; White Men Can’t Jump (for whatever that’s worth) to a “piece” joke in Half Baked (how can we forget Wesley Pipes?!). After his resurrecting with the Blade series, he’s done virtually nothing but recycled anti-theatrical crap. And The Contractor is his latest…

Straight from the files of ‘Been there, done that’ comes The Contractor, a poor action flick that you could examine under an x-ray machine for a year and not find a fresh bone in its body. From the sack of camera tricks that’d make the Saw boys nauseous to the final act stuffed with lazy shootouts (one lifted from the Sandler-Wayans movie Bulletproof no less), it’s the same old song and dance. Even with the sweet moments, like when Snipes befriends a lonely orphan (Bennett), it’s a forgery—it’s a play on Luc Besson’s Léon: The Professional, but the duo can’t quite live up to the chemistry of Jean Reno and Natalie Portman.

The Contractor isn’t the worst STV movie I’ve had to review (that dishonor goes to Steven Seagal’s Flight of Fury). There are a handful of decent action scenes and…well, Wesley Snipes being thrown from a horse! Shooter, this flick’s identical (and more enjoyable) cousin [as a sidenote: The Contractor was originally titled The Shooter], hit shelves last month after {gasp!} a theatrical release--you’re better off picking up with Mark Wahlberg one.
THE EXTRAS
A Look Inside… (21:19) is more of an overlong promo-piece than an actual look inside of anything.

And Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As I said in the review, if this story is that compelling to you, pick up Shooter...Marky Mark is IN this year!
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