Contraband features Mark Wahlberg (Shooter
) as Chris Farraday - a retired smuggler trying to go straight with his local alarm business. His wife's (Kate Beckinsale - Underworld: Awakening
) kid brother gets caught plying the family trade and has to ditch his cargo overboard. Resultantly he owes some bad men (Giovanni Ribisi - Middle Men
) some serious debt. Chris is forced to pull one last job to clear his brother-in-law's debt to the gangsters whilst they harass his family.
This is a smuggler's film, with stashs and small spaces on the huge cargo ships being used to absolute perfect effect. There is underhand dealing and shoot-outs aplenty as Panama provides the chaotic milieu for this remake of Reykjavik - Rotterdam
. And cinematic it is, with some great swooping shots of Panama, the ports and the ship as it glides across the ocean juxtaposed with the grittier, 'at-home' shots of Farraday's wife and kids. The acting is of a great standard for all involved (notably Ben Foster - 30 Days of Night
and J.K. Simmons -Spider-Man
- plays a hilariously-stern ship's Captain eager to break Farraday's spirit) meaning no-one drops the ball for the entire 110 minute duration which keeps the tension at fever-pitch for the last 40 or so minutes.
So all-in-all, it's a Hollywood remake of a Nordic hit, but it's well-fleshed out and genuinely entertaining with some brilliant tension and solid acting. This is most-definitely worthy of your time. Recommended!!