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Crime, Drama, Thriller, Action
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Baltasar Kormákur
Mark Wahlberg as Chris Farraday
William Lucking as Bud Farraday
Amber Gaiennie as Danny's Bride
Jason Mitchell as Walter
Paul LeBlanc as CBP Official
Connor Hill as Michael
David O'Hara as Jim Church
Robert Wahlberg as John Bryce
Giovanni Ribisi as Tim Briggs
J.K. Simmons as Captain Camp
Ben Foster as Sebastian Abney
Kate Beckinsale as Kate Farraday
Kent Jude Bernard as Tommy Raymer
Diego Luna as Gonzalo
Lukas Haas as Danny Raymer
Storyline: 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 got involved with Briggs, a drug dealer and when he blew a deal, Briggs demands restitution which he can't deliver. So Chris offers to find a way to pay Briggs but then 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.
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Been there done that!
"Contraband" is an action movie slash heist thriller that turned out to be a decent movie, not a great one but decent nonetheless. The movie is made so by Mark Whalberg and Ben Foster who play great together on screen and feed-off of each other both as friends and ultimately rivals..

One of the great weaknesses of the movie is its visual style and production value. It borrows quite heavily from directors such as Paul Greengrass, and Michael Mann in particular. Substitute New Orleans with Miami and this could have been Michael Mann's quiet but brilliant and thoroughly underrated movie "Miami Vice" with Collin Farell and Jamie Foxx. "Contraband" does so much borrowing that it borders on plagiarism...if there is such a thing for movies...there were some scenes where I really thought I WAS watching "Miami Vice"...

"Contraband" is one of those movies that have started cropping up at the beginning of January ever since "Taken" proved such a great success at the box office. Now studios populate January with all kinds of action flicks, hopping to duplicate that same success, unfortunately for them, they seem to forget the cardinal rule...regardless of the intent...they must be good movies, which is exactly what "Taken" was! "Contraband" tries hard, and while it is not an epic fail, it only succeeds minimally. If not for Mark Whalberg and Ben Foster, this would be yet another forgettable bore fest...
Keeps adrenaline flowing
This film tells the story of a ex smuggler who turned clean. His brother in law gets into trouble with a drug lord, and he has to go to Panama to do shady businesses to get things right. However, the journey is a bumpy one because there is seemingly no one he can trust.

The plot is an exciting one, because there is one situation after another. The constant struggles and fights with both the dark side and the bright side keeps the adrenaline going, especially when you think you can trust someone but you really cannot. It is also refreshing to see that the man hero is not portrayed to be invincible, but a regular guy who people can relate to.
Contraband? More like Contra 'bad' !
After only reviewing movies recently which I find to be perfect, time to look at Contraband, something that in one scene, completely rips off an excellent moment from Heat, which turns out to be one of my all time favourite films.

Plotwise, this young drug smuggler gets in trouble with his boss for losing some dope, so his older brother, a retired smuggler, hatches a plan to get some fake currency from Panama City to New Orleans.

Sadly, from the get-go, this movie becomes hideously clichéd and for the most of the movie, as many other reviewers have pointed out, it's by-the-numbers from there. Thankfully you have Everest director Baltasar Kormákur to help salvage the film.

Acting is fairly average, but many are hindered by the terrible writing. Mark Wahlberg gives his all and puts in a very reliable performance, while Ben Foster, who some consider to be one of the most underrated actors of his generation, produces scene-stealing work, and without giving away a twist about his character half-way through.

J.K. Simmons produces mild comic relief, while everyone else is 'meh'. By the way, the worst job is by Giovanni Ribisi, although if he didn't try to put on an awful and unrecognizable (Southern?) accent he may well have made an effective adversary that actually belonged in the movie.

It might sound like a strange thing to say, but Contraband had potential. If the story had the same basic plot motivation, but was modified by an established screenwriter, you had way less 'shaky cam' and zooming, the editing was less frenetic in places (excellent in the action scenes, though) and there was a better director, someone in the mould of Ridley Scott, for example, this might still be talked about today, 3 years later.

Alas, I have to say, I just wasted 2 hours of my life watching this.
Not so good...
Possible spoiler alert

First, let me tear this movie down. This film was a traditional, mindless, action-driven, escapist film. This movie was laughably clichéd. None of the performances were believable. There was almost no original material, only regurgitated Hollywood gimmicks. The pacing of the film is lightning-fast, just fast enough to not care about the characters at all. The cinematography was terrible. It was as if the director of photography was a person that had never handled a camera before. I understand that they may be trying to capture a certain urgency, but there was too much unnecessary zooming and shaking. It came across as just another gimmick in this cliché-filled movie. To summarize, this movie is uncreative and unspecial. If you are a fan of movies that are different, special, inspiring, etc., don't go see this movie. I was dragged to this movie by my friends, as it was.

Now, the good parts. It was somewhat well produced; it had some good special effects (boats, helicopters, explosions, guns). It was "manly." It had some small moments of excitement, but they were underwritten by the predictability of the plot line. And finally, there was one steadicam tracking shot at the end that was a breath of fresh air within the crappy cinematography of this film.

All in all, this movie is not a movie for fans of great cinema. But if you are a film of Hollywood blockbusters, go for it. But I bet you can guess the ending after five minutes of watching.

Solid entertainment
It is kind of in vogue to dismiss such crime/action dramas as being predictable and cliché. The same can be said for almost any movie genre, come to think of it. This may simply be because there are only a number of templates a movie can fit into. So I'm going to pretend that I don't know a template exists. And it you treat Contraband in this way, you'll have a good time watching it.

I thought the plot was varied enough and the acting was good enough. Yes, of course, there were times that you think, "How lucky they were to get away with this just in time!", if you know what I mean. But then, if they got caught, the movie would be over in 35 minutes and quite a few audience members would be demanding a refund. You've got to suspend belief if you want to enjoy such movies.

As far as the acting goes, the good guys were good enough and the bad guys were bad enough. Actually, they were a little more complicated than that and I had no complaints about the acting. In fact, I'd like to say a few words about Mark Wahlburg. Here's a guy who's always going to give a credible performance. Certainly, he's been stereotyped into these tough, lower class, bad-boys-gone-good roles, but he never disappoints the viewer. I'd like to see him in something with a little more depth because my guess is he would handle it well.

So if you are looking for a movie that will give you some good entertainment and a little more besides, just suspend your belief and enjoy Contraband.
A tedious thriller
Contraband is a remake of the Icelandic film Reykjavík-Rotterdam (which I haven't seen), but for practical effects, it's identical to many cop/criminal thrillers we have been seeing in the last 5 years (such as Brooklyn's Finest, We Own the Night, Armored, Takers or Pride and Glory). The result is a tedious thriller with a lot of elements we have already seen too many times.

The screenplay from Contraband shamelessly combines elements from the previously mentioned films. What is more, I found its first half hour so unbearable that I considered taking the DVD off, specially when I found Giovanni Ribisi (an actor who is equally capable of bringing good and bad performances) making a pathetic imitation of Gary Oldman in True Romance. However, I decided to resist the torture and keep watching the film, which improved a bit after that. But it didn't improve too much; instead of finding the rest of the film unbearable, I simply found it boring.

Mark Wahlberg doesn't show too much charisma nor conviction in the leading role from Contraband. On the opposite, I liked the performances from J.K. Simmons and Ben Foster. As for Kate Beckinsale, she's just employed as a pretty face and generic damsel in danger.

In conclusion, I can't recommend Contraband. I found it tedious, and what is more, it looks like a "collage" of recycled scenes from other films (from the typical assault to an armored truck, to the obligatory shootout in the street, which have both become an element of rigor after Heat employed them).
The fake stuff
When Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) loses a shipment of drugs due to a surprise boat patrol, his brother-in-law and currently reformed contraband specialist Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) must pull off his last run in order to save his life from the brutal crime boss Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi). Although his wife Kate (Kate Beckinsale) dreads the perspective, she reluctantly allows this in order to protect her family. Together with friend Sebastian Abbey (Ben Foster), Chris preps to smuggle in fake dollars into the country from Panama.

Mark Wahlberg arrives with arguably the most deluded movie he has ever figured in. Despite high octane action and some credible dramaturgy the story however fails to hold down the fort quickly falling in ridicule, when the script irresponsibly starts layering in various occurrences to offer an incredulous, but also increasingly dull, sequence of events in Panama - squishing a money grab, a Pollock painting mega-heist, car chases and shootouts including police and reckless baddies, plus a high speed drive onto a container ship into a 30-minute time period. Extremely overboard the initially realistic setting shockingly collides with the impossible and serves a series of clichés for good measure. Despite best intentions by Wahlberg, his efforts are hardly helped by train-wreck performances by Ribisi and Beckinsale, who apparently are unable to gulp down the absurdity and instill sensibility in their characters. A misguided action film, which offers blasts and adrenaline, but all within a messy package making it neither mindless fun nor enticingly energetic.
tired and formulaic
A retired smuggler, a living legend in his field, is forced into one last job by his young brother-in-law getting in over his head with the bad guys. He has to utilise every trick he knows, and invent some new ones, to win out against all the odds and save his family.

Mark Wahlberg as Chris Farraday gives his usual charismatic performance, the one element that steadies this film and prevents it from becoming utterly implausible. The plot goes for high octane and adheres to the creed that 'things must happen', so that someone is always in conflict with someone else in practically every scene. Farraday knocks heads with his brother-in-law, wife, father, best friend, the local drug runner, the captain of his ship, his best mate on the ship, a Panamanian fence, the fence's psycho boss, and eventually his own best friend. For such a charismatic guy he chooses his companions poorly.

The actual smuggling is quite deftly handled. There is tension in the scenes where they have to get the goods on the boat and off. Unfortunately, events at home and in Panama make little sense. Briggs (a badly miscast Giovanni Ribisi) is clearly no threat to Farraday, so why does he do his bidding? The Panamanian gang boss just happens to be setting up a heist the day Farraday pops by, and bizarrely invites Farraday along - did one of his hoods call in sick? The heist itself is so poorly planned and executed it is merely a suicide mission, a poorly plotted sequence to set up a contrived pay off at the ending. Farraday's wife, an under-utilised Kate Beckinsale, makes a recovery that borders on miraculous. It's a shame, because there are interesting characters it would have been worthwhile to spend time with if the plot had not been so preposterous.

Dialogue is clichéd, with Beckinsale actually saying to her husband at one point, "He's my brother!". The film rushes to get to the fighting and action sequences and so other cinematic concerns, like characterisation and plausible cause and effect, get trampled underfoot. Makes you appreciate films like Die Hard and Enemy of the State even more.
Great Action Film with Many Twists
In New Orleans, the former smuggler Chris Faraday (Mark Wahlberg) has regenerated and raised a family of his own with his wife Kate (Kate Beckinsale) and their two children. Chris works in installation of alarms and his father in locked in prison for smuggling.

When his brother-in-law Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) dumps in the sea water 10 pounds of cocaine that he is smuggling for the drug lord Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi) to escape from the custom officers, Chris is forced to pay Andy's debts to protect the youngster and his own family. Chris leaves his wife and children under the protection of his best friend Sebastian Abney (Ben Foster) and travels in a Container Carrier to Panama to bring counterfeit bills and raise the money to pay Briggs. But Briggs and his partner want to force Chris to smuggle drugs and will use his family to reach their objective. Meanwhile Chris is betrayed and gets in trouble in Panama.

"Contraband" is a great action film with an engaging story that combines action, thriller and drama. The cast is excellent with Mark Wahlberg in the lead role and Giovanni Ribisi is almost unrecognizable in the role of a cruel drug dealer. The plot has many twists with betrayals and the cinematography in New Orleans and Panama is wonderful. The ironic conclusion is a sort of contemporary "The Sting". My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Contrabando" ("Contraband")
Far fetched getaways makes for Bond-like ending
This film is riddled with situations which would have far different outcomes in real life. There were many times when people giggled or laughed out loud in the theatre as the star pulled off stunts or escapes that would make James Bond choke on his martini. If the CBP and Panamanian police were this inept, smugglers wouldn't need submarines, they could use hot air balloons. That said, the movie does a good job of making you want to smack some people upside the head (both bad guys and good guys making bad choices). There are also some tense scenes involving kids that will unnerve some audience members, especially those who are parents. Bad guys just don't have any rules do they? In the end, the implausible movie wraps up sweeter than when the submarine rises up underneath Bond's adrift life raft in the middle of the ocean. Bourne would also be proud of the size of the bow-tie on Wahlberg's walkaway.
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