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Contraband

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Contraband

Baltasar Kormakur (2012)

105min
15 Certificate
Wed 14 Dec 11:10pm - 1:20am Film4
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Review

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Mark Wahlberg is back in action-man mode in this skilfully shot if slightly uneven thriller. Set in a murky New Orleans, it has a former expert smuggler (Wahlberg) dragged back into the business to save his dimwit brother-in-law from the attentions of mobsters led by the terrifyingly twitchy (and barely recognisable) Giovanni Ribisi. The plan is to bring back palettes of counterfeit currency from Panama, but in typical one-last-job fashion things don't go according to plan: Wahlberg and his team find themselves involved with a gang of violent drug dealers, while his wife (Kate Beckinsale) and children are menaced at home by Ribisi. Wahlberg gives a solid performance as the reluctant criminal, while Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur (here remaking his own 2008 film Reykjavik-Rotterdam) shows visual flair and handles the action scenes well. But you can't help feeling that, pacing-wise, this could have done with the likes of Tony Scott to give it the kick in the pants it needs.

Summary

Successful international smuggler Chris Farraday turns his back on a life of crime to raise a family. However, his brother-in-law crosses a powerful drug lord, who forces Chris to transport billions of dollars of counterfeit money into the US, or his wife and children will be killed. Crime thriller, starring Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Foster.

Cast & Crew

Chris Farraday Mark Wahlberg
Kate Farraday Kate Beckinsale
Sebastian Abney Ben Foster
Tim Briggs Giovanni Ribisi
Captain Camp J K Simmons
Danny Raymer Lukas Haas
Gonzalo Diego Luna
Andy Caleb Landry Jones
Jim Church David O'Hara
Bud Farraday William Lucking
Tarik Kevin "Lucky" Johnson
Olaf Olafur Darri Olafsson
Director Baltasar Kormakur
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Other Information

Language: English, Spanish +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Universal Guidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 16 Mar 2012

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