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Kate Beckinsale, Mark Wahlberg
Jan 13, 2012
R, 1 hr. 49 min.


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Movie Info

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, Lukas Haas, Caleb Landry Jones, Diego Luna, J.K. Simmons, Robert Wahlberg, Jason Mitchell
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 49 min.
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Theater Release: Jan 13, 2012
DVD Release: Apr 24, 2012
Synopsis: Chris Farraday (Mark 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. -- (C) Official Site

Critic Reviews

  • Tom Huddleston, Time Out
    The result is unlikely to linger long in the memory, but it's enormous fun while it lasts...
  • David Denby, New Yorker
    A winter-season product, but perfectly absorbing once it gets going.
  • Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies
    It's a good, chugging caper movie for the most part.
  • Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    Wahlberg could sleepwalk through this role, and does. See this movie and you'll surely follow his lead.
  • Tom Long, Detroit News
    "Contraband" comes off the factory floor with its engine running and ready to drive. But the ride feels overly familiar.
  • Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
    Frankly, Wahlberg has outgrown movies like this. And so have we.
  • Rafer Guzman, Newsday
    Everyone needs a little action now and then, right? Unfortunately, a little action is all you'll get.
  • Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
    Though it never quite has us by the lapels, the film is a solid, workmanlike action flick.
  • Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
    This very gritty bit of greased action does a decent job of shaking the sluggish out of January.
  • Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
    "Contraband" is like an "Ocean's Eleven" movie, minus the glamour.
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