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The Contractor

The Contractor

Josef Rusnak (2007)

94min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A betrayed Wesley Snipes broods his way through this understated though predictable cat-and-mouse thriller. He plays a retired CIA marksman who finds himself on the run from both British police and his US bosses after he's called on to assassinate a terrorist in London. Low-key realism dominates, as director Josef Rusnak uses measured pacing and moody atmospherics to add interest to the otherwise formulaic events. Even the action sequences are unusually small-scale, making their flashy fast-edits feel incongruous. Solid performances offset the feature's direct-to-DVD status, with Inkheart's Eliza Bennett impressive as the precocious young truant whose befriending of Snipes evokes Luc Besson's Leon.

Summary

A former assassin is coaxed back into service for one last mission - to kill the leader of a worldwide terrorist group being held by the British government. However, he fails to realise he is part of an elaborate plan to murder a high-ranking policeman. Action thriller, starring Wesley Snipes, Charles Dance, Lena Headey and Iain Robertson.

Cast & Crew

James Dial Wesley Snipes
Emily Day Eliza Bennett
DI Annette Ballard Lena Headey
Jeremy Collins Ralph Brown
DCS Andrew Windsor Charles Dance
Mrs Day Gemma Jones
Cramston Iain Robertson
Terry Mitchell Richard Harrington
Director Josef Rusnak
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on DVD

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