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Contract To Kill Reviews

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Bklyn Bryan, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. Bklyn Bryan

    Bklyn Bryan Member

    I usually diagree with critics of Seagal. But they're 100% correct this time. Was highly disappointed with "Contract to Kill". End of a Gun was much much better than Contract to Kill!!! I even went out to the movie theater to watch CTK. Even Code of Honor was better than CTK. Oh well, Seagal had a Nice run while it lasted. Still a fan of Steven Seagal's orignal Classics from the 1990's!!!


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  2. DiDa

    DiDa Well-Known Member Staff Member

    How were the fightscenes?
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  4. lee nicholson

    lee nicholson Active Member

    My review (may contain spoilers)

    Just got done watching it, and I have to say that (given all the bad press it's been given) I was actually pleasantly surprised with this movie.

    The Plot:
    Seagal is as stoic as ever (although he does seem impassioned in his dialogue, despite his slow delivery) as ex C.I.A operative john Harmon. His character seems like an off-shoot of Jonathan Cold (more 'The Foreigner' than 'Black Dawn' though) as an ex - operative, lured back into taking out an Islamic terrorist, who is brokering a deal with Mexican Gangsters in Istanbul (?) for safe passage into the U.S. in order to activate (previously planted) 'cells'
    As part of a 3 person team, Harmon utilises technology and surveillance to play both fractions off against one another. When given an eleventh hour change in plan by his handlers, Harmon disobeys orders and together with his team, take the fight to the badguys on the night of their meeting.

    Despite a rather talky start, the movie moves along at a fairly brisk pace, and is pretty much non-stop carnage, for the final third of the movie. However, the action is rather low-key (so no huge set pieces) but about 2 or 3 explosions, a brief car chase, multiple shoot-outs and about 5 or 6 fight scenes for Seagal. The quick cut editing is on display (as per usual) but there's a few longer shots of Seagal dishing out punishment. He bends a lot of arms (no snaps though) flips a few guys over, kicks a couple, punches most of them, crunches one guys head open with a metal pole (ouch!) and shoots the rest (although, to be fair.....Seagal doesn't actually shoot too many people, preferring to actually fight them.....which may please those sick of the over-reliance on gunplay in previous movies?)

    Production Values:
    For a lower end DTV movie, it looks pretty polished. As previously stated, there's no big set pieces, but the cinematography is crisp, and the locations colourful enough. The green screen employed in the car chase actually look stylish. The editing is good (although erratic during fight scenes) and the soundtrack has a cinematic feel to it.

    Seagal (as with 'End Of A Gun') is extremely profane throughout this. At one poinr, whilst giving a briefing to his team, he likens the mess of a mission to (quote) "A monkey trying to f**k a football" (which not only raised a wry smile from myself....but also to the actual characters he said it to) As previously stated, Seagal isn't so much as 'quiet' in this movie.....but speaks very slowly. Which is just as well, because most of his dialogue consists of abbreviations for various law enforcement agencies and terrorist groups. The first third of the movie is very dialogue heavy....and if you're willing to endure a bit more exposition than usual, there's a pretty good thriller for the remaining hour.
    The other performers are competent enough (no one embarrasses themselves, I guess) and Seagal's team also kick a lot of ass also (but not as much as the big guy)

    Final thoughts:
    Whilst not perfect, Contract To Kill is a competent enough thriller. The problem being that it's marketed as an 'Action' movie. If it was sold as a thriller, it would be an action-packed thriller. But sold as an action movie, it probably doesn't have enough "kiss kiss bang bang" for jaded millenial audiences. It's problem might be that (even for a Steven Seagal movie) it's actually (scarily) plausible?
    Playing like a downscalled 20 minute 'Mission Impossible' segment, Contract To Kill isn't likely to convert any new fans (and I get sick of typing that with every new release) but I do think the recent bad reviews it's recieved have been rather unjust. It's pretty complex, but not at the expense of 'filler plot & characters'
    Had the exact same movie starred a bunch of A-listers....I'd wager critics would probably praise it. Unfortunately, critics seem to expect every new Seagal movie (however low-budget) to be 'Under Siege' (and quite frankly those days, not to mention 'budgets' have gone, I'm afraid)
    Whilst it could be a little less talky.....Contract To Kill is no worse than the recent 'Spooks' movie (which got rave reviews and probably cost ten times as much) Fans of Seagal would do well, to ignore the negativity of the critics (let's face it, they pretty much slammed all his earlier movies as well) and give this movie a chance. The key to enjoy recent Seagal movies is to like them for what they are (and not for what they aren't)
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2016
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  5. DiDa

    DiDa Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Thank you for your review Lee!! Always good to read them.
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  7. lee nicholson

    lee nicholson Active Member

    Tried clicking the stars, but they don't seem to light up?
  8. DiDa

    DiDa Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I have the same problem...
  9. Administrator

    Administrator Administrator Staff Member

    Should be fixed now, it was only showing a preview of the page. :)
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  10. DiDa

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  11. DiDa

    DiDa Well-Known Member Staff Member

    By the way, is this only for forum members reviews or also for official reviews?
  12. rastafari

    rastafari Well-Known Member

    Agree with your review and its the best film Seagals ive seen this year although i havent seen all 7 of them

    The film reminded me more of Absolution which is the kind of film i like Seagal to be making

    Only problem for me is that im sick of Romania now and id wish Seagal/Waxman would get back to shooting in Vancouver or New Mexico where the support casts are alot better........The opening scene which is supposed to be a bar in mexico(but filmed in romania) looks incredibly cheap and never feels like mexico
  13. Administrator

    Administrator Administrator Staff Member

    Just member reviews on the resource page, each member can rate each movie and add a text review if they wish.
    You should be able to edit the information page to put links to offsite reviews, like how i added the latest ones you posted in the other thread.
    Hope this makes sense. :)
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  14. Bklyn Bryan

    Bklyn Bryan Member

    The Fight Scenes in CTK are exactly the same!!! Same old style you know. They cut off Seagal's head because of the stunt double. Same fight scenes from the waist up only (trying to hide Seagal's weight). We know Seagal is big, there is nothing to hide. Seagal actually has one fight scene where he is sitting down and fighting!?!!? Idk. CTK was ALL TALK and LIL' ACTION!!!
  15. Mason

    Mason Well-Known Member

    The movie was just so boring that I found myself surfing the internet while i was watching it..
    I surely hope Seagal get a part in a big theatrical movie as soon as possible, These stv movies doesn't do him justice. Here's hoping for The Expendables 4.

    You might as well watch this video instead of watching the whole movie. There is absolutely no substance in the movie besides the fightscenes, and even the fightscenes are poorly filmned.
  16. Administrator

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  17. So I watched the first 15 minutes, and already 2 strange/weird scenes (most likely the terrible writing). First, when the 2 guys are shot in the opening sequence, they are shot in the driveway of the cartel leader, and then they leave their calling cards on the bodies. Are they expecting people to stop by and say, "Oh look, he killed two terrorized in his driveway and left them here." I suppose he wants the terrorists to come to his home?

    The other strange thing was that they are showing this shooting on a tv in a bar, as though it was filmed by someone standing in the driveway. What the hell are these writers doing? Is this garbage in the script.

    I plan on going back and watching the rest of the movie tonight, so I'll see what other goodies I can find :). Anyone else find these scenes strange? Haha
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  18. lee nicholson

    lee nicholson Active Member

    The calling card scene didn't bother me....but yes the scene in which the murders were shown on TV was slightly odd? :)
  19. DiDa

    DiDa Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Totally agree with you!
  20. Haha, definitely. :)

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