The Human Contract (2008)

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A successful corporate type harboring a deep, dark secret befriends a free-spirited stranger who encourages him to ditch his stuffy lifestyle and live life in reckless abandon.


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31 May 2010 | Argemaluco
4
| A horrible and tedious film
Into the big repertoire of actors who have a try as directors, there are some examples of success and many of failures.In other words, for every Clint Eastwood or Ron Howard, who make their transition with good results, we have people like Asia Argento or William Shatner, whose efforts behind the cameras did not end up being good.Unfortunately, The Human Contract, Jada Pinkett Smith's debut as a director, falls into the second category, because I found it to be obtuse, tedious and irritating.

I usually dislike these passional dramas, because I usually find them to be over the top and implausible, specially when there is not too much chemistry between the main actors, or there is a lack of valid reasons to sustain their relationships beyond the simple fact they are attractive.However, I admit it can be a genre with some pleasant surprises, because when there is an interesting twist (like in Blink), an original situation (like in The Handmaid's Tale), or good interaction between the main actors (like in Basic Instinct), the result is entertaining.Needless to say that The Human Contract does not belong to that group.

To start with, the characters are absolutely disgusting.In some movies, that thing works when they are impulsed by a strong motivation, or when they have an hypnotic personality which wakes our interest.Unfortunately, The Human Contract does not fulfill with that conditions, so it forces us to spend almost two hours in company of stupid, antipathetic and insipid characters, whose problems feel irrelevant because of their lack of connection with the spectator.In other words, this is one of those movies which tell us what the characters feel, instead of making us live their emotions.

So, I do not recommend The Human Contract at all, because I think it is a horrible film with more style than substance and I found it to be absolutely inert in every single narrative aspect.I think Pinkett Smith should keep being an actress and leave the direction aside.

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