Action Contracts

Toronto After Dark Review: ‘Contracts’

October 16, 2019Ferdosa Abdi

A story about a hitman who must contend with one assassin after another out to put him permanently out of commission, Contracts is an action movie that has its merits, although it can't quite overcome its cheesiness.

Directed by Alex Chung, the film definitely knows what the audience wants, but it has them wading through some excruciatingly drawn-out and poorly-acted scenes when the real prize is the action. That said, the movie has some truly exceptional fight scenes, and it is very clear that great effort was put into crafting those moments. The fights are choreographed nicely, the camera holds its focus on those engaged in battle, and there is very little cutting away, making for more impactful action sequences.

Despite its flaws, Contracts will certainly find its niche with genre fans, particularly those with an affinity for B-level martial arts films that harken back to the 1980s. All in all, the movie presents a compelling argument for why stunt coordinators and stunt actors deserve more recognition. For stunt work truly is an art form, and when done exceptionally well it should be honored.

Contracts makes its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 15 min.

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