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Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Kiefer Sutherland, Gillian Jacobs, Eddie Marsan, Florian Munteanu, Nina Hoss, Amira Casar, Fares Fares
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Action thriller directed by Tarik Saleh. The Contractor (2022) follows Special Forces Sergeant James Harper (Chris Pine), who is involuntarily discharged from the Army. In debt, out of options, and desperate to provide for his family, Harper joins a private underground military force alongside his best friend, Mike (Ben Foster), and under the command of a fellow veteran (Kiefer Sutherland). When the very first assignment goes awry, the elite soldier finds himself hunted and on the run, caught in a dangerous conspiracy, and fighting to stay alive long enough to get home and uncover the true motives of those who betrayed him.
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LTC Roberts: [to James] Big Army recommended a revocation of your Special Forces tab. And although I disagree with your choices, I’m not going to do that. You’re leaving the army with an honorable discharge, but you’re losing your benefits, which include your pension and health care. Dismissed.
Mike Jr.: [to Harper] Who’s the better solider? You or my dad?
James: Well, your dad was my chief, so.
Mike: Careful. I was his superior. We were, how would you say? We looked after each other.
Mike Jr.: Oh, kind of like brothers.
Mike: Yeah. Kind of like brothers.
Mike Jr.: Is it true you actually saved my dad’s life?
James: No. Yes.
James: What do you look forward to?
Mike: Watching my kids grow up. Seeing them smile. Making sure they’re set. Giving them the things I didn’t have.
Mike: I pulled a couple of cowboy tours. You know, banked some decent cash, put a down payment on the house. Cash is real. You know, five, six a day. Bonuses, you know, it adds up. It’s okay to cash in. You know, it’s pure f***ing Darwin out here. And we are trained to be ruthlessly adaptable. Use it. We’re all just mercenaries in the end.
James: Can you get me in?
Mike: F***ing hero? President shook your hand.
James: F*** off. He shakes a lot of hands.
Mike: At this level, as long as you’re good to go, Rusty doesn’t care what you put in your body.
James: I’m in.
Mike: Is that what you want?
James: That’s what I want. I’m broke, Mike. I need this.
Rusty: Our reputation is the only commodity we got left in this game.
James: You reading my story?
Rusty: Yours, mine, Mike’s, Mason’s. It’s all the same f***ing story. S**t, even your father’s.
James: My father has nothing to do with this. Due respect.
Rusty: And due respect, sure he does.
Rusty: We gave them our minds, our bodies, and our spirit. And they chewed us up
and spit us out. Left us with fear, rage, uncertainty, disillusionment, a sense of abandonment, betrayal. And finally, self-loathing and guilt. As if somehow, everything that happened to us was our own goddamn fault.
James: So what is it that you do? You offer up something different or what?
Rusty: Damn straight. I can give you a real home, honorable work. No corporate interest, no babysitting billionaires, no bulls**t. We operate with direct presidential authority under Title 50. Deal strictly with matters of national security. A deep black OGA offshoot.
Rusty: [to James] Man, what you did in uniform, sledgehammer s**t. Our thing, scalpel work. High-speed, low drag, fangs only come out when they have to.
Rusty: The team led by Mike will be fully black, since our presence is not approved.
James: How long?
Rusty: Two weeks. Three, tops. So what do you say? You down for the cause?
James: Yeah. For sure.
James: It’s babysitting corporates. It’s not dangerous.
Brianne: Don’t tell me that. Now I know you’re lying.
James: No, I’m not. Look at me. I’m not. Baby, I need to take care of my family.
Mike: We all know what one motivated radical can do. So let’s cowboy up, get it done, and go home to our families.
Salim: [to James] Who sent you? Do you even know who you’re working for? You don’t know what you’re doing. Stop! Please, listen. The research I’m doing will save millions of lives!
James: If you want to say a prayer, now is the time.
Salim: A prayer? I don’t believe in God. I believe in science.
Salim: [to James] Listen to me. I keep a copy of all my data in a safety deposit box. If you have a conscience, get it out. The world will need it.
James: We shot cops.
Mike: We did what we had to do. Is the laptop secure?
James: It’s secure.
Mike: We got the laptop. Mission first.
Mike: One of us has to walk this in.
James: If you don’t get blood, you’re going to die.
Mike: You bring it in.
James: F*** you. I’m not leaving you.
Mike: My family. I want Christine to hear about me from you.
James: You tell them yourself, Mike. You’re going to tell them yourself.
Mike: I want it to be you.
James: [to Mike] I’m going to get us home. You hear me?
Mike: You have to stop saving my a**.
James: That makes two you owe me.
James: So what’s the plan?
Mike: We get the laptop home. Let’s get paid. Let’s have a beer.
James: Roger that.
James: I’m down. You take it in.
Mike: No, no. We go together.
James: I’ll compromise the mission. We don’t know what’s in that bag. Get it home. You go. I’ll catch up.
Mike: I’ll make contact. I’ll come back.
Rusty: [over phone] Physical condition?
James: [referring to Mike] Compromised but not critical. Did Wolf Two make contact?
Rusty: Wolf Two never made it to Berlin.
Rusty: You’ll get a full brief when you’re secure. Right now everything is extremely
fubar, and we are highly exposed. Listen to me. Everything I am doing right now is to get you home. Back to the ranch safe and sound. You feel me?
James: Yes, sir. Of course.
Rusty: [over phone] Look, I understand. Right now nothing makes sense. But you got to trust me. I am trying to help you.
James: Same way you helped Mike? You m**herf***er. Did you kill him?
James: Who are we working for?
Rusty: Stop acting like a child, and get in the f***ing car!
James: If this goes down, I’m going to come for you.
Rusty: Get in the f***ing car!