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'Human Contract'
(Jason Clarke, Paz Vega, et al / DVD / R / (2008) 2009 / Sony Pictures)

Overview: Corporate player Julian Wright (Jason Clarke) stands on the verge of the deal of his career but his life just crossed paths with a woman (Paz Vega) who will turn his world upside down triggering emotions Julian never knew he had.

DVD Verdict: After watching this film I wanted to make bad about this film, but then I took in the featurettes and listened to the commentary and got a better idea of what Jada Pinkett Smith was trying to accomplish. And so Sin the end - I think she managed to pull off a decent first film with a big budget look.

However, I would be wary of various plot descriptions that attempt to capsulize this as a corporate-themed film because they actually do it a disservice. This is a story about a rigid, professional and successful corporate divorcee who meets a beautiful, free spirited (and married) woman who tries to broaden his narrow life.

Paz Vega excellently plays the sexual and passionate love interest (as always). Along the way we see flashbacks of his troubled childhood, his constantly dysfunctional persona that torpedoes any chance of the viewer liking him, a violent and bizarre family, and a plethora of character inconsistencies.

Anyway, once you figure out that about halfway through the movie the whole frickin' plot disappears, I think it helps you appreciate the film better!

The making-of featurette lasts 21 minutes and covers all aspects of production, and in an almost hi-def clarity. The "Roll-of-film" featurette lasts 4 minutes and tackles the cast and crew's idea of what the human contract means. The previews section has over 20 films to screen through [SK] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Commentary by Writer/Director Jada Pinkett Smith and Cinematographer Darren Genet
The Human Experience featurette (21:34)
Roll of Film featurette (4:01)