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Contraband [Blu-ray] [2012] [US Import]

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  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Universal
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LAIGLO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,337 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 July 2012
Format: DVD
This is a decent action/suspense orientated heist/smuggler movie, which is based on the Icelandic movie Reykjavik Rotterdam & Contraband is directed by the star of that film , Baltasar Kormákur. From Iceland to Rotterdam it gets the full Hollywood treatment & is relocated to New Orleans & Panama, along with a steller cast.

Mark Wahlberg (Planet of the Apes) stars as Chris Farraday, an experienced ex-smuggler who worked on ship freighters, now a respectable business owner fitting security systems. Due to the actions of his wife Kate's (Kate Beckinsale - Underworld) young brother Andy (Caleb Landry Jones), Chirs is forced into doing one big final job to save all they're lives from drug dealer & all round bad guy Brigg's (Giovanni Ribisi -Boiler Room). But things arent going to run as smoothly, as anticipated.

Using a mega 10,000+ ton freighter to traverse contraband & avoid customs may not sound very exciting, but they do manage to make a good attempt of it, with time spent between New Orleans/the freighter/Panama. The story itself isn't chopped full of action either, there are some bits staggered through the film, but it mainly relies on the suspense of Farraday getting the contraband back to the ship in time & unnoticed. The acting was good overall, but it had to hinge on a few of the key characters to make this work.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
This film has an interesting plot, slightly different from most crime movies in that it is based around the world of smuggling.

The plot is tight, well plotted and paced, with quite a few twists and surprises.

The characters are well played by skilled actors, and you are not sure where some of them stand till the end of the film. This film is all about the characters. But some of the action scenes are superb.

If you like some good action, clever plotting and interesting characters, with a twist of humour, then you'll like this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
Some very good performances liven up what is otherwise a routine, run of the mill thriller. Mark Whalberg plays a reformed drug smuggler just out of prison and married who has to do one last job to help out his brother in law who has got involved with some very nasty gangsters and is in over his head. Yes it's the old honourable retired thief who has to do one last job cliche here and it's Mark Whalberg's turn to play the character going up against a nasty and vicious gangster played by Giovianni Ribisi who is the best one in the film and finding there is no one he can trust. Kate Beckinsale is very good as Mark Whalberg's loyal wife as is Ben Foster as his best friend and some good supporting performances from J K Simmons who you may recognize from tv's Law And Order Special Victims Unit and as newspaper boss J Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spiderman movies and William Lucking from tv show Sons Of Anarchy. Whalberg is fine in the lead. The plot is nothing new but the performances will keep you watching.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 April 2012
Format: Blu-ray
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 -
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tangerine VINE VOICE on 22 July 2013
Format: DVD
Contraband features Mark Whalberg in the lead as Chris Farraday, a former criminal who would ship dodgy merchandise into the USA for various amounts of cash. Now going straight and running his own security business he and his family are doing ok. His former associate (played by Ben Foster - who rarely plays a nice guy - check out the Messenger to see him in a different type of role) is also running his own business. Sadly, Chris has a brother-in-law who is a few leaves short of a salad and is still trying to 'import' certain types of merchandise - stuff that Chris himself would never have touched. An unexpected visit from the authorities means he has to dump it and when he returns to dry land the 'business men' who requested the package are upset to say the least when he hasn't got it. With his family now threatened with their very lifes Chris must return to his former career.

The film twists and turns and is an enjoyable ride with Whalberg an engaging presence on the screen. His performance well supported by the excellent Foster, Kate Beckinsale as his wife and Giovanni Ribsi as the hot headed and nasty 'bad guy'. However, the brief efforts of J K Simmons are very much the highlight for me - amusing to say the least.

An excellent friday night thriller type film that you can just sit back and enjoy.
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