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Contraband 2012

Chris Farraday abandoned his life of crime long ago, but after his brother-in-law, Andy, botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs, Chris is forced back into doing what he does best- running contraband- to settle Andy's debt.

Starring:
Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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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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By Jules TOP 1000 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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By J. Morris TOP 1000 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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Format: Blu-ray
Chris Faraday once smuggled illegal items or contraband into the country on freighters.

He left that life behind, got married has a family and went legit. But when his brother-in-law gets involved with Briggs, a drug dealer and when blows a deal, Briggs demands restitution which he can't deliver.

So Chris offers to find a way to pay him but the he threatens Chris' family if he doesn't deliver.

So he gets on a freighter destined for Panama and he sets out to bring back some counterfeit currency. Briggs "goes to see" Chris' family.

When Chris learns of this he asks his friend Sebastian to take care of them which he does. He tells Chris that it would be better to bring drugs instead of the cash.....

The one rule that film makers should know now is that if you hire Ben Foster, everyone will know his character will turn out to be a bad apple come the end, no matter what. This has been evident since X-Men: The Last Stand.

But thats not the problem with he film, the problem with he film is the lack of flow with he story, and the worst narrative I have ever endured. The film is bad on many levels, and it just gets the extra star for one confrontation between Marky Mark and Ribisi.

The cast seem really out of place, and Farraday never really seems to feel any urgency throughout the movie, despite his wife and kids being in danger, and Ribisi's continuing threats.

All in all it's a very badly made movie, not knowing whether to be Heat one minute, or the Italian job the next.
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