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Contraband [DVD]

Kate Beckinsale , Mark Wahlberg , Baltasar Kormákur    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Foster, J K Simmons
  • Directors: Baltasar Kormákur
  • Producers: Mark Wahlberg, Baltasar Kormákur, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Stephen Levinson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Icelandic, Hindi
  • Dubbed: Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 16 July 2012
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0068MUIHY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,993 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Fashioned Crime Thriller 2 Sep 2012
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marky Mark & the smuggler bunch 16 July 2012
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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smuggler's delight 10 April 2012
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!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this film 17 Oct 2012
By lipsy
Went to see this at the cinema and found it really good, quite a few well known faces in it and really keeps you intrigued all the way through, I dont usually like action type films but this was much more interesting..good for a lazy day or night in.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One last job 20 Mar 2012
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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