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The Contractor (2007)


Cast: Wesley Snipes, Lena Headley, Ralph Brown, Charles Dance.

Rating: R

Run time: 98 mins

Genre: Action

Verdict: Bland (see rating system)

Wesley Snipes once again goes straight-to-DVD in this routine CIA killer yarn.

I actually feel a bit sorry for Snipes playing in these crappy movies when he is a good actor worthy of better roles. Then again, nobody's forcing him to take these parts.

Snipes plays retired assassin James Dial who is paid a visit at his Montana ranch by his old CIA boss Collins (Ralph Brown) and given the chance to kill a ruthless terrorist who escaped Dial once before.

Dial travels to London, where he kills the terrorist, but is badly hurt in the subsequent escape from British police in which his British contact is killed. Dial finds unexpected help at a safe house from Emily (Eliza Hope Bennett), a troubled, but resourceful 14 year old who brings him food and medicine.

With police closing in, Dial discovers he has been set up as Collins and a hit squad of CIA goons also pursue him in an attempt to cover the tracks of their illegal covert operations, which are subject of an investigation in America.

Formulaic and routine, the movie has its moments, particularly in the relationship between Dial and Emily, but it heads towards an inevitable conclusion as the body count piles up..

A making-of featurette is included.



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