• 15
  • Baltasar Kormakur (2012)
  • US / UK / Ice / Fr (SUB)
  • 105 min
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Film Review
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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

Thriller starring Mark Wahlberg. Chris Farraday has left his old life as a smuggler behind and is now a legitimate businessman with a family. But when Chris's brother-in-law finds himself in debt to a ruthless drug lord, Chris agrees to return to his felonious ways to help raise cash and clear the debt.

Cast and 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
Diego Luna
Caleb Landry Jones
Jim Church
David O'Hara
Bud Farraday
William Lucking
Kevin "Lucky" Johnson
Olafur Darri Olafsson


Baltasar Kormakur

Other Information

English, Spanish +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, swearing, drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 16 Mar 2012
Certificate 15
Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd