6.5/10 Despite a lower rating on Rotten Opinions and my low expectations going in, “The Contractor” surprised me and was better than expected. While the film still has flaws and ends up being somewhat forgettable, some terrific performances, decent action and strong messaging make this at least worthy of a rental. Whenever critics ban together to slam a film that is decent, you should always know that there are political reasons for those actions and “The Contractor” is a perfect example of this. Before I get into the political narrative that hit too close to home for the activist critics of Hollywood, I will acknowledge where the film falls short. The main problem with this film comes from a lack of character development with the supporting cast. Gillian Jacobs plays the wife of James (Chris Pine) and she really has nothing to do besides being a wife, therefore wasting her talent and not having anything to work with. Likewise, Kiefer Sutherland plays Rusty and he and his crew get virtually no character development and the bare minimum when it comes to motivations. In addition to the underdeveloped supporting cast, some of the plot points have been done before in countless films and you can basically tell which direction the plot is going to go from the trailer, which gives away too much. While I recommend checking this out, I would skip the trailer before doing so. The score didn’t do anything for me or stand out in any way and some of the direction was rather vanilla. That being said, there is a decent amount to like here that most critics seem to be ignoring. For starters, co-leads Chris Pine and Ben Foster reunite after the excellent “Hell or High Water” and “The Finest Hours” and their chemistry continues on from those films to this one. The acting is convincing and the film had some intense action scenes. There are a couple of unexpected moments that surprise the audience that I’m glad the score didn’t give them away by building up to let the audience know that something was coming. One of the biggest strengths and the real reason that many leftist critics didn’t like this film, despite being well made, is due to a main plot point. James gets discharged from the military (both big and small details in regards to the military were extremely accurate, which a lot of military related films get wrong) and begins contracting overseas. Without giving too much away, a virus is created with the purposes of selling the cure to the public so the people behind the scenes can get rich. Sound familiar? Since this is eerily similar to what has happened with the China Virus (created in a lab and released in part so big pharma can make record profits, regardless of the side effects of the rushed “vaccinations”, with their effectiveness deteriorating rapidly so you have to constantly take boosters to further get the pharmaceutical industrial complex even wealthier). Since that plot point which calls out corruption on behalf of governments hits too close to home for those who have pushed false narratives over the past two years (the virus came from a bat, you can’t catch the virus once vaccinated, there are hardly any side effects to the “vaccine”, etc.), most critics have and will continue to denounce the film for making parallels to what is happening in the world today. I, being a supporter of the truth, loved that the film pointed all of that out without beating the audience over the head with political lectures. Despite some flaws, the timely subject matter, terrific performances and strong pacing make this film worth checking out either on the big screen or in the comfort of your own home.

#HellOrMySlaughter / #RustyDethrone / #JamesAndTheGiantBreach / #GearStreet / #TheFinestManPowers / #HardDischarger

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