Director: Tarik Saleh
Writer: J.P. Davis
Stars: Chris Pine, Gillian Jacobs, Ben Foster
Paramount has released the trailer for its upcoming action thriller “The Contractor 2022” starring Chris Pine. The film will be released in theaters and digitally on April 1.
After Special Forces Sergeant James Harper (Pine) is involuntarily discharged from the military, he hires a clandestine military operation and finds himself embroiled in a dangerous conspiracy that leaves him fighting for his life. The trailer shows Pine jumping off a bridge, dodging bullets and escaping explosions, with no shortage of fistfights in the mix.
“It’s easy to kill,” says a man in the trailer, “but much harder to survive.”
The film also stars Kiefer Sutherland, Ben Foster, Gillian Jacobs, Eddie Marsan JD Pardo, and Florian Munteanu. “The Contractor” marks the English-language film debut of Swedish director Tarik Saleh (“Westworld”) and features a screenplay written by J.P. Davis. Pine stars in The Contractor as Special Forces Sgt. James Harper, who is involuntarily discharged from the army and deprived of his pension. In debt, out of options and desperate to provide for his family, Harper hires a private underground military force. When the first mission goes wrong, the elite soldier finds himself caught up in a dangerous conspiracy and on the run for his life.
It’s a good movie, but it’s overly dramatized and somewhat vague. It’s a cartoonish portrayal, and I didn’t expect anything more from Hollywood, from the private security and military industry as a “shady, dubious, greedy and highly illegal” entity that collaborates with the government and does things they officially can’t do. do. Yes, things like that exist unfortunately, but this isn’t even close to the 0.1% mark of all work internationally and if Mark Zuckerberg’s social network were to verify this, it wouldn’t even get a “mostly fake” but appropriate seal of “fake news”. An entire industry cannot be described by individual incidents.
But hey, it’s Hollywood, it’s what they like to put across as a message, because looking at the direction they’ve taken over the last twenty years, it’s become clear that they don’t seem to be interested in producing entertainment and making a profit anymore. , but rather to function as political and (pseudo)-moral activists no matter what the cost. Hence also the obligatory inclusion of the word “mercenary”, because THAT’S what it all comes down to for Hollywood…. and they couldn’t be more wrong than that.
Chris Pine puts in a solid performance and the chemistry with Ben Foster is clearly there. The plot is overly simplified by people unfamiliar with the industry who must have written their story based on hearsay, NYT articles, and a good deal of (bad) imagination. The movie doesn’t know exactly what it wants to be: An action movie? Well, not quite, with too much drama and talk. A drama? Well, not quite either, with too much action. So it falls somewhere in the middle and is not to the liking of fans of one or the other. Still, the production value is there, the cast is there… unfortunately, the movie isn’t quite there. It’s absolutely fine for a one time watch, but don’t believe all the lies they try to sell as The Truth. But coming from a biased director, who had in the past made a biased documentary on Guantanamo Bay called “Gitmo,” the result was not surprising.
Gillian Jacobs, Kiefer Sutherland, Eddie Marsan, Fares Fares, Nina Hoss and Amira Casar also star in the J.P. Davis.
Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee of Thunder Road Film produced with 30WEST and fully financed the film. 30WEST’s Dan Friedkin, Micah Green and Dan Steinman are executive producing along with Pine, Jonathan Fuhrman, Tom Lassally and Josh Bratman. Esther Hornstein of Thunder Road Films is executive producer.
“We are very excited to bring this exceptional film to audiences across multiple platforms so fans can experience it in theaters or at home,” said Kent Sevener, EVP, Content Acquisition, Showtime Networks Inc. “With excellent cinematic talent and an exceptional cast. , The Contractor delivers a thrilling cinematic experience with an action-packed story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.”
STXfilms Motion Picture Group President Adam Fogelson added: “We are thrilled to collaborate once again with the amazing team at Paramount, following our successful collaboration on Queenpins and our partners at Showtime. This was a compelling deal and opportunity for us and our filmmaking partners and will be a win-win for consumers as the film will be available to the widest possible audience.”
Additional executive producers on “The Contractor” are Michael Flynn, Dan Friedkin, Jonathan Fuhrman, Micah Green, Esther Hornstein, Robert Simonds and Daniel Steinman. Co-producers are David Minkowski and Carmen Pepelea with producers Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee.
Watch The Contractor 2022 Official Trailer :