Reviewed bysubxerogravityVote: 4/10/10
So in Contract to Kill Stephen Seagal travels to Turkey to take on someterrorist drug dealers, which I thought was interesting as I can'tremember when the last time Istanbul was in the movie as the center forespionage and trafficking (No Wait it was Taken 2), but as it turnsout, the Mexicans are still the drug traffickers and the Arabs arestill the terrorist. Oh well, so much for something different. At leastit's a different setting I guess.
Seagal plays...I don't know the character's name and let's be honest,it doesn't really matter, cause I can't remember the last time he didnot play a retired CIA agent living in(Insert any foreign country) whowas brought back into the game because his fat tired ass is somehowthat good at stopping the crappy enemy he's going after.
I should have known where the movie was going, as Seagal's introductionincluded Steven spending 20 mins being interviewed by a CIA agent who'strying to convince Steven (And the rest of us) that only the big manwith the keg can save the world or something. Then as an extra addedbonus Steven sees two gringos who can't keep their hands off somewaitress and goes over and some how beats them both while sitting onhis ass, then he turns around and puts his hands all over the waitresswho could be his granddaughter.
Seagal puts together a team that features dude from Vanishing Son,Russel Wong, who looks like he could have been more impressive in thisfilm if he did not have to tone it down to make Seagal look better.
The third man on the team is some eye candy whose role as a covertblack bag agent makes no sense instead for being eye candy. Seagaltreats her like she's been in the game as long as him but she doesn'teven look like she's past 30. Her one purpose is to make old fat Seagallook like he's still got it. There's one part where Seagal has a smalllove scene with this chick. Normally I'm a fan of needless nudity fromhot girls, but it just puts more focus on the fact that Seagal is justan old man who wants the world to believe that he can still get thegirl. Not only that but this "experience capable agent" gets kidnapped,so that Seagal can rescue her.
Some Seagal style action, but not much with Seagal repeating the samemoves over and over and using multi angles and fast cuts to try to makeit more exciting. It's starting to get lame now that it's 30 or soyears in the action movie biz. Seagal has never come up to an opponentas skilled as him in Aikido to at least be able to make him stumble.Not bleed or fall down just push him Back a little, that's all. Yes,Seagal is a very big menacing dude, he still is, but come on.
This may not have been such a problem, but for the most part, fatSeagal spends a lot of time sitting down in the movie. I mean literallysitting in a car, sitting at a desk, and sitting while doing some ofthe fight scenes. It tells me something about how lazy the filmmakersare putting this together.
Man, there was so much talking, and it was all though guy talk, too. Bythe good guys, by the bad guys. I think Seagal, I think action and inan action film tough guy talk should be minimal to one liners, notthese over glorified speeches about how awesome they are. I'll givecredit that one speech that Seagal himself had with one of the bad guysthat was pretty good, but it was only one in a sea of really really badones, so it did nothing to make the film better.
Half way through you realize it's an espionage movie. Not reallySeagal's cup of tea and not what I came to the movies to watch him do,and unfortunately for Seagal, he did nothing to change my mind.
Overall Contract to Kill feels like it's screaming Steven shouldretire. I don't think any one loves Seagal so much, you are coolwasting 90 mins watching him sit and talk with the enemy than go forit. They're better Fat Seagal action movies than this one. Find thatone over Contract to Kill.
Reviewed byPaul Magne HaakonsenVote: 3/10/10
Another year, another Seagal movie...
...but wait, haven't we seen this before? Seagal as a formergovernment-super-secret-special-something-something taking on theentire world by his merry lonesome? Yep. And haven't we seen that sincethe 1980's? Indeed we have! "Contract to Kill" offers nothing, and Imean absolutely nothing to the genre, and nothing that Steven Seagalhaven't already done to the brink of pointlessness in one of theendless heap of movies similar to this one that he has notched on hisblack belt.
It used to be fun to watch Steven Seagal back in the 1980's and 1990's,but it has progressively just become more and more tiresome to watchhis movies, as they are all exactly the same, year after year. It istime to branch out and try a new approach.
However, it was sort of embarrassing to witness Seagal in this movie,as he seemed like a beached whale fighting to survive as he waddled hisway through scripted fighting and stuttering dialogue.
I managed to survive for about 50 minutes into "Contract to Kill",before I just simply lost the will to go on. I got up and just gave upon the movie. It offered nothing new to the genre, nor nothing new tothe Seagal repertoire.
If you have seen any single one of the myriad of Steven Seagal moviesin the past, then you have essentially already seen this movie as well.Trust me.
The characters in the movie were so generic that it was just amazing.They could be cut out of this movie and pasted directly into any otherSeagal movie and they would fit right in. So don't get your hopes upfor anything that even remotely resembles character development andprogression.
This was nowhere near being anywhere near the usual entertainment,albeit its overwhelming generic entertainment, that Seagal usuallydelivers, and I have no intention of returning to finish the rest ofthe movie, because I already know exactly what will happen.
"Contract to Kill" was a wide swing and a wide miss, even for the teddybear of action movies Steven Seagal.
Harmon is a CIA/DEA enforcer investigating Arab terrorists captured in Mexico. With his team--seductive FBI agent Zara and spy-drone pilot Sharp--he flies to Istanbul and uncovers a brutal plot: Islamic extremists plan to use Sonora drug-smuggling routes to bring deadly weapons, and leaders, into the U.S. To prevent an attack on America, Harmon must turn these two savage forces against one another before his time--and his luck--run out.