Contraband

  • 15
  • Baltasar Kormakur (2012)
  • US / UK / Ice / Fr (SUB)
  • 105 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Premiere. 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 and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Baltasar Kormakur

Other Information

Language: 
English, Spanish +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 16 Mar 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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