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Contraband (2012)

Contraband

Overview


Genre

Adventure, Action

Release Date

January 13, 2012

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

109 min.

Studio

Universal Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Baltasar Kormakur

Producer

Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Baltasar Kormakur

Screenwriter

Aaron Guzikowski

Starring

Story


Mark Wahlberg leads the cast of "Contraband", a fast-paced thriller about a man trying to stay out of a world he worked so hard to leave behind and the family he'll do anything to protect.

Set in New Orleans, the film explores the cutthroat underground world of international smuggling - full of desperate criminals and corrupt officials, high-stakes and big payoffs - where loyalty rarely exists and death is one wrong turn away. Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy (Caleb Landry Jones), botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi), Chris is forced back into doing what he does best - running contraband - to settle Andy's debt.

Chris is a legendary smuggler and quickly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend, Sebastian (Ben Foster), for one final run to Panama and back, hoping to return with millions in counterfeit bills. Things quickly fall apart and with only hours to reach the cash, Chris must use his rusty skills to successfully navigate a treacherous criminal network of brutal drug lords, cops and hit men before his wife, Kate (Kate Beckinsale), and sons become their target.

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Mark Wahlberg stars as Chris Farraday and Ben Foster stars as Sebastian Abney in Universal Pictures' Contraband (2012)
Mark Wahlberg stars as Chris Farraday and Lukas Haas stars as Danny Raymer in Universal Pictures' Contraband (2012)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..fans of thuggish showboating will get more than their fill from the ensemble here..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]
“..the formulaic story and far-fetched moments are offset by visual flourishes amid a jittery handheld camera style..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
“..demonstrates the tension between a European artsy feature and a Hollywood trashy and exploitational programmer..”
by Emanuel Levy [EmanuelLevy.Com]