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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Fashioned Crime Thriller
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars One last job
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...
Published on 20 Mar 2012 by Mr. R. W. Graham


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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 review is from: Contraband [DVD] (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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marky Mark & the smuggler bunch, 16 July 2012
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This review is from: Contraband [DVD] (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. Wahlberg was solid & assured in his action role as usual, meanwhile, Kate Beckinsale as the under pressure mother, Giovanni Ribisi as the scummy baddie & Ben Foster (3.10 To Yuma) as the close friend trying to help them out, all played they're parts to perfection. J.K. Simmons (The Closer) stood out of the rest, as the ship's Captain trying to hinder Farraday.

In conclusion, Contraband is a good action/suspense smuggler flick, that's fast pace helps overlook some of it's weaknesses. If you like Mark Wahlberg's previous films like Shooter or Four Brothers then you'll be in the right frame of mind to enjoy this. Recommended.
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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
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J. Morris "Josh" (London) - See all my reviews
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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
This review is from: Contraband [DVD] (DVD)
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
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Mr. R. W. Graham (Lincoln, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Contraband [DVD] (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor lighting and editing, 16 Mar 2014
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Jayne Crean "Sapphyr" (Cambridge, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Contraband (DVD)
Although it has an interesting plot and good acting, for us, this is marred by very poor lighting and, the, now pre-requisite, speedy jump-cutting in lieu of good direction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Contra...diction!, 23 Feb 2014
This review is from: Contraband [DVD] (DVD)
What is this about? It's all over the place. I kept losing track of what was happening. It almost turned into a disaster movie, big container ship with no brakes, but instead it was/is a disaster of a movie with no real story line and no actual acting, apart from the wooden performances and swaggering gestures by all and sundry... a movie attempting to be something it isn't...any good!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother, 27 Dec 2013
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If you're going to watch this film, make sure somebody is paying you. It's slow, lacks any appreciable action and is so predictable. I was more from it and only watched to the end as I was waiting for something to happen. It never did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, 22 July 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars contraband, 19 Feb 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed this film. Mark Wahlberg is excellent and we have watched many other of his films including Shooter. ok
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