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When the Vice President of the United States unexpectedly dies, all eyes in Washington D.C. are on President Jackson Evans (Jeff Bridges) as he chooses a new VP. Sen. Jack Hathaway (William Petersen), a respected career politician enjoying a new swell of popularity after a well-publicized attempt to save a drowning woman, is expected to be Evans' choice, but instead he picks Sen. Laine Hanson (Joan Allen), a decision that raises eyebrows on both sides of the political fence. Veteran power broker Shelly Runyon (Gary Oldman) is vehemently opposed to Hanson's appointment, in part because the Democratic senator was once a Republican, and vows to do everything in his power to prevent her from being confirmed. Runyon and his staff start digging for dirt on Hanson, and soon make a surprising discovery — her personal morality is called into question when it's alleged that she took part in a group sexual liaison while she was a college student.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 129
- Fresh: 98
- Rotten: 31
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The Contender booms and pontificates, full of bravado and that ineffable quality of the current political season, chutzpah.
Fresh: An intelligent and informed look at the preposterous ways our leaders are often picked and sabotaged.
Fresh: This is one of those rare movies where you leave the theater having been surprised and entertained, and then start arguing.
Intense, Well-acting and wildly entertaining
First, let me say that Joan Allen is an amazing, talented actress and this film highlights both her skills and those of Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges and Sam Elliott. The important points made in this film is how Politician's will do anything to destroy someone who they feel "get's in their way", something I believe, sadly, still goes on in politics, US and abroad.
There is a female Secretary of State now, Mrs. Clinton, so some might find this film outdated, but I assure you, the acting is TOP NOTCH and the ending, well, it's not what you'd expect.
If you like interesting Drama's and End of You Seat thrillers, the nomination and interviewing scenes are so real, it's puts knots in your stomach.
This film is so good for so many reasons. Rent it, Buy it, you won't be sorry!
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