A CIA / DEA enforcer investigating Arab terrorists captured in Mexico. With his team he flies to Istanbul and uncovers a vicious plot of a terrorist attack in America.
Steven Seagal is no longer fun. Not just because of his age, though that must be the primary reason why, that everything seems tedious, slow and a whole lot of plot holes. Contract To Kill spent its hour and a half running time on an overused concept of terrorists attacking a country without providing anything new to the formula, and they even made it worse.
There’s this one interrogation scene that felt so drowsy which is due to Seagal’s slow, dreadful and non-intimidating way of speaking, and that particular scene seemed unnecessary because Harmon (Seagal) appeared to have known the actual issue in the first place.
Next is Matthew Sharp’s (Russell Wong) spy-drone that he uses to (of-course) monitor their targets in the most obvious and stupid way. C’mon, would you spy on someone using a drone in a visible distance? near the window? then probably you might as well go and show yourself up. One of the most important thing to remember when it comes to spying is you never let your subjects see you or for them to feel that they’re being watched.
On the other hand is Jemma Dallender, whose playing the role of Zara Hayek, an FBI agent which skills specializes on seduction and combat skills that seemed to expired after hours of use and an agent who doesn’t know how to properly use her communication equipment as she lift her scarf while talking in a not-so-discreet manner (God! She could have been murdered if this happened in real life). We get the point that Jemma is indeed sexy, however, her topless body can’t save a poorly directed bed scene with Seagal.
The fight scenes are insanely awful. Seagal’s age caught up to him, producing a couple of poorly edited, obviously scripted, slow-moving combat scenes. Not even the younger actors can throw a believable punch.
All in all, Contract To Kill is a bunch of mess collected and someone decided to make a movie out of it. It’s a kind of low-budget direct-to-video film trying to act and show-off as a high expense movie, instead of focusing on its quality.
Director: Keoni Waxman (End Of A Gun: 2016)
Main Cast: Steven Seagal ; Russel Wong ; Jemma Dallender
Release Year: 2016