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on 15 April 2017
Wow, very good suspense, good action, as these films go quite believable. Stupid number of drastic twists, this is great as it keeps you guessing, but personally also found it to change direction perhaps a little too much. This combined with some dodgy camera work is what lost it its fifth star.

Well worth watching though, one of the better films on here.
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on 31 March 2017
This is an interesting film with many sub plots that can be quite confusing , and in this it is not helped by the some what low light of the various scenes making it difficult to know what is really going on, I found the Jackson Pollock item a little difficult to get my head around but the stupid brother in law used this to redeem himself in the closing scenes. I think a second watch is needed to assimilate all the bits and pieces of the plot needed for a fuller understanding of this story.
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on 25 March 2017
Average film, Not bad story. Don't understand the 5 stars that everybody has given this film. A crime thriller that is a genuine 5 stars would be Goodfellas or Inside Man. If you compare Contraband to Goodfellas you will not be able to give this film 5 stars.
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on 12 March 2017
It is a reasonable film.
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on 22 June 2017
Good film ,but maybe I am getting old.Too much use of bad language which is why I cannot give full marks
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on 20 March 2017
Great film, has loads of action to keep you at the edge of your seat.
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on 12 March 2017
top class
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on 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. 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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on 15 April 2017
boring
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Contraband is a slick, violent, frenetic, adrenaline-fuelled crime action thriller which draws you in with its unoriginal basic premise of a retired smuggler deciding to undertake one last job for the sake of the survival of his family. Mark Wahlberg effectively plays the protagonist Chris Farraday with energy and adaptability, who decides to smuggle currency bills from Panama to New Orleans via a container ship but encounters unexpected challenges and betrayals. The scenes in Panama and on the container ship are well done and there is good support throughout, in particular from Giovanni Ribisi and the ever impressive J. K. Simmons. As the film progresses the plotting becomes increasingly contrived and the action more brutal as it reaches its inevitable conclusion. All in all, an enjoyable late night film.
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