The Contractor is the new action-thriller starring Chris Pine and Ben Foster. I think this duo makes a great team after seeing them work together in Hell or High Water.
Pine is an army special forces soldier that’s pretty well used up by the start of the film. He’s using various drugs to help hide all of his injuries, acquired over his service, from his employers until he gets caught in a routine blood test.
Kicked loose, he now doesn’t know what to do with himself. He has a wife and kid to feed, and a mortgage to pay. After going to the funeral of a friend, he meets up with another old war buddy who recruits him to work with him as a private military contractor for Kiefer Sutherland and his private military contractor.
The team goes to Berlin to grab some intel from a scientist they believe is developing a bioweapon. They grab the stuff, kill the dude, and burn down the lab. On the way out, the local German cops turn up and a firefight starts. Everyone on the team is killed, Foster is wounded, and Pine saves him and gets them out of there. Foster has to leave Pine behind because of his various service-related injuries. Pine is told to get to the local hotel to recover and prepare for extraction.
To absolutely no one’s surprise, the deal was dirty and now Sutherland has men out to kill Pine in order to tie up loose ends. We then follow Pine in some Jason Bourne-type stuff across Europe and then head back to the States where it all ends in a lackluster climax.
The Contractor is a very disappointing movie. The trope of the shadowy corrupt private military contractor is now tiresome and old hat. The gunfights are not at all convincing, bordering on lame. The hand-to-hand stuff feels lightweight. The final gunfight fails to thrill. Even the guns used have details that should never have gotten past a proper movie armorer. For instance, at one point an idiot is shooting at Pine and doesn’t even have sights on his AR15.
Pine and Foster’s acting is great, but alone it is not good enough to elevate the movie. It was so bland I really didn’t even want to write a review of it.