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The Contender

2 h 1 min2020X-Ray15
This Oscar nominated political White House thriller stars Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges, Sam Elliot, Christian Slater and Joan Allen. We follow a senior Senator, who is contending for the US Vice Presidency - and her fall from grace after accusations about her past surface. Described as a "modern political masterpiece" and "a flawless thriller that educates and entertains all at the same time.
Rod Lurie
Gary OldmanJeff BridgesSam Elliott
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Christian SlaterJoan Allen
Stephanie AntoscaMarc FrydmanJames SpiesDouglas UrbanskiWilli Bär
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3.4 out of 5 stars

327 global ratings

  1. 35% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 17% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 8% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 21% of reviews have 1 stars
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 August 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Overall - dreadful
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It was about halfway through this I realised I was watching a feminist promo movie and felt duped. The acting by all parties is terrific but the whole effort is geared towards finally hitting the viewer with the message. I didn’t see one black male actor which I surmised was because all the men (except the one who was on message) were portrayed as anti-feminist and they chose only white male actors to voice these parts. Altogether just risible.
22 people found this helpful
"maxaber"Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 August 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good old west wing procedural, but as if from a different, kinder age
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I rather enjoyed this: a kind of west wing style procedural about the nomination of a (VERY ) progressive Ohio senator for the vice presidency - the first woman as VP. Cue shenanigans by slightly smarmy governor and Oldman as old-fashioned Bible-bashing Republican from Illinois. Some great scenes, and the forces of good triumph.Some great acting, some wonderful lines (I really rather liked Young Timothy's on why it is better to be VP than Potus). Jeff Bridges as chummy and seemingly befuddled president is great, as is the ruthlessness that lies beneath - the kind of carefully laid trap that no one quite saw coming. Also contrasts rather starkly with the heroic and principled statesman that emerges at the end.

But it also feels as if from a different era. The kind of film that may have worked well before 2016. You know: people - even the bad guys - have principles, they all more or less accept basic democratic principles. The scandal feels almost droll in 2020: whether or not the VP candidate enjoyed in a sex orgy while at college. Yes, there are some points that resonate (double standards for men and women, and doing a 'when they go low, we go high'). But we've seen a lot more serious stuff of late. This kind of small-fry, petty stuff (college group sex: come on!) just seems so unreal. In short, it would have made a great period piece, had it come out 4 or 5 years ago. Now it just feels out of place, as if all this talent - script, direction, actors - could have been put to better - or, rather, more poignant - use. But that may just be me. Better judge for yourselves. Definitely worth watching!
11 people found this helpful
AcustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 September 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
A propaganda for American democrats
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Yes, filmwise, it is not bad. Gary Oldman plays beautifully, others are also not bad (except Allen) and the story is strong enough to drag you till the end.
I am not American and don't care about those big parties, but the movie is clearly a propaganda trying to show how great are the democratic party values and that those great values are demonstrated by a republican senator who found the democratic party a better place to be that allow her to follow up her beliefs. You don't have to waste your time to hear these stuff nowadays.
Seriously, I rather believe in "House of Cards" about what happens behind the scenes in American politics than such crap adverts.
8 people found this helpful
joecReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 August 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Dont watch the trailer
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Its a decent film, some good performances, especially Gary Oldman as a creepy right wing nut, but my enjoyment was ruined by having watched the trailer which gave away the central twist. Just go straight to the film
9 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 August 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Film
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Half tempted to knock off one star because the picture quality of this is quite poor on Prime. I don't know if it is the same on DVD etc. Having said that, I was surprised when I looked at the ratings on the Prime Video app on the TV that this had only 3.5 stars which is ludicrous.

Great cast, great acting and great script that is not corny or completely predictable. Often these types of films can be a let down but I do like political dramas and this one does not disappoint. Don't let the quality of the picture put you off, this is an excellent 2 hours viewing.
4 people found this helpful
PCReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 June 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
A very good film spoiled by preaching !
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One of the other reviews hit the nail on the head. This is a good, clever film with a great idea at its core. BUT, just when I was cheering on the 'contender' and hoping she succeeded...the preaching started...and I was left feeling that the makers thought I wasn't smart enough to 'get' what was going on and they had to spell it out for me !
A very good film...with Oldman as a great baddy...but could've done with toning down the message...and letting the watcher work it out for themselves !
2 people found this helpful
lawsonconnellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Great Film of what America should be in these difficult times of 2022
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The film is pure dialogue between great actors, acting great. The story is not over complex but has some great twists and turns regarding political wranglings in the Exceutive branch of the White House. With recent events of the last administration and Trump to the horrors of Ukraine this film is one to watch as it is everything that American politics is not, at the momennt, but should be for the future. I enjoyed it, it took my mind away from 2022 and made me hope of a better future for America its people, all of them, and its flawed political system and leaders.
One person found this helpful
G. ButlerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A film with principle as the theme
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I often give high marks to a film that brings something new to the table and this one does.

Do you remember the playground game where some bully says that if you don't tell them your secret then they will spread bad stories about you until telling the secret is the better option. What do you do, especially when the rumours that get spread are really bad.

This film has the answer. I would vote for her given the chance.
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