Hey folks, Valkor here. Continuing with my quest to end 2008 off with a bang. Here's another TOV MediaView exclusive, one that you may like to try as a rental at first. But if you enjoy it, you'll wanna snatch it up in all of its DVD/Blu-Ray glory. It's called "Contract Killers", which stars Frida Farrell, whom after looking her up, is a Swedish actress now doing B-movies here in the states. While I haven't seen any of her past works, her latest is a fun, yet predictable, action piece worth checking out.
"Contract Killers," tells the story of Sarah Bentley, a Hitman for hire who works for the CIA. One day while she and her husband were enjoying dinner, she's knocked out and wakes up to find her husband is dead with the name "Lisa" carved into his forehead and her house is surrounded by FBI. She's able to escape and is now on the run, with little clues as to why all of a sudden she is suspect number one. This leads her to Trinidad and a safe deposit box that holds the next big piece of the puzzle. Once Sarah figures out where all the clues lead, she discovers it all started with the death of a software CEO, whom she was hired to kill. But it turns out it was a set up all along, leading up to a big conspiracy concocted by the CIA. With all the pieces of the puzzle, plus other operatives on her tail, Sarah must somehow stay alive long enough to expose those behind the conspiracy or pretty much die trying. "Contract Killers" is one heck of an action flick. And once it gets started, it hardly lets up, not even when there's one brief sex scene (and I do mean brief).
And now on with the review.
First off the plot to "Contract Killers" is pretty decent fare with no complications, no crazy twists, or any sappy romances; just a straight up story that goes from point A to point B with little diversion in-between. Frida does a decent acting job in the film, though some lines will give you pause and make your cringe. But for the most part great job. G. Anthony Joseph is like the Boba Fett of the film; he looks cool as hell, but he isn't given all that much to do. Yea, he has some nice action scenes, but nothing to write home about and his demise is pretty anti-climatic. The action is also a plus because as it's well paced and just keeps moving. "Contract Killers" might not be a nail-biter, but it's still a fun ride.
The film is all too predictable, which leaves little to nil in suspense. Sure, you get a lot of action, but it doesn't build up to anything spectacular. And the one love scene isn't really necessary and it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Lars (played by Christian Willis) is shot and hasn't been attended to. Yet he still finds the strength for some sweet, sweet lovin.
If you're looking for a straightforward, action title, then "Contract Killers" is definitely a film you'll want to check out. It's a fast-paced, explosive flick that won't leave you guessing. Out of TOV 5 stars, I'm giving Contract Killers 3.5 and it's been Valkor tested, TOV approved.