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Contraband

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Mark Wahlberg stars as legendary smuggler Chris Farraday, who has left his criminal past behind to be with his wife (Kate Beckinsale) and sons. When a ruthless drug kingpin (Giovanni Ribisi) threatens his family, Farraday must summon his old skills and contacts for one last run. Contraband takes you to the cutthroat underground world of international smuggling, and on a thrilling adventure that critics are calling “dynamic, intense and gritty!” – Mark S. Allen, CBS/CW-TV (Sacramento)

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This job should be a piece of cake: former smuggler Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) gets dragged back into the game in order to make things right with a nasty New Orleans gangster (Giovanni Ribisi) over a debt owed by Chris's brother-in-law. So, Chris needs to smuggle in some goods on a cargo ship from Panama, pay the guy off, and return to a suburban life on the straight and narrow. No problem, right? What's fun about Contraband is that despite its hero's meticulous planning, all hell breaks loose in Panama City, where nothing goes as planned and where the cargo ship is, after all, due to disembark at a certain time, with or without him. Based on the Icelandic film Reykjavík-Rotterdam, this movie is full of stock characters and rancid dialogue, but the plot is so kicky and wild, it almost doesn't matter, at least for as long as the movie is on screen. Director Baltasar Kormákur (he produced the original film and directed the entertaining 101 Reykjavík) pumps up the action nicely, although the actors are on their own: Wahlberg contributes his customary solid center, which a movie like this needs, but Kate Beckinsale has nothing to do as his wife, and Ribisi and Ben Foster emote with reckless abandon. No one will mistake it for a classic, but Contraband has enough zip, and a few genuine surprises, to qualify it as a fun diversion. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Under the Radar: The Making of Contraband
  • Reality Factor: The Stunts and Action of Contraband
  • Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Baltasar Kormakur and Producer Evan Hayes

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi
    • Directors: Baltasar Kormákur
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
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    • Studio: Universal
    • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
    • Run Time: 110 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (522 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B005LAIGLE
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,524 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Contraband" on IMDb

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    Format: Blu-ray
    Considering the fact that there are not many reviews about this movie yet, I was surprised that there have been no 5 stars yet. Now I am a picky person and have watched my share of movies so very rarely will I give a movie a 5 star unless it grabs me and I am on the edge of my seat. This one grabbed my attention from start to finish. It reminds me a lot of the Italian Job. Just when you think you know what is going on in the movie, it slaps you in the face and takes you in a different direction. The movie kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time and part of liking a movie is how the movie ends. Some movies are great all the way through until the ending. Some end the way it should, while some end in the way it shouldn't. I thought this ending fit well and I was pleased. So my advice to you, is if you like Italian Job you will like this. It's just hard for me to understand why someone would give this movie anything less than a 4 star.
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    Pooh on all the negative reviews when this is up against Tom Cruise and his predictable Mission Implausable installment. Other than the too-stupid-to-believe incident when Kate Beckinsale meets up with some plastic, this is a good movie. Because it offers characters like Ribisi, Caleb Landry Jones (who was outstanding), Ben Foster (also very good), and David O'Hara in a mix of bad guys that doesn't seem normal, it still works. There are lots of unexpected turns. Ribisi is a different bad guy. Creepier than most, but less violent than most. It's not a typical action film because the writers and director of this film are not American. I loved it.
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    "Contraband" is a 2011 action film starring Mark Wahlberg as a former smuggler reluctantly drawn back into the game for one last score, this time to help his brother-in-law (Caleb Landry Jones) who got in too deep with the bad guys (Giovanni Ribisi).

    For the past few years Wahlberg has been cranking out the action films at a pace that truly amazes. He's been nominated twice for an Oscar ("The Fighter" in 2010 and "The Departed" in 2006) and recognized for "Three Kings" (1999), and "Four Brothers" (2005), although my favorite Wahlberg role (and guilty pleasure) "Shooter" (2007) has been ignored on the awards circuit.

    If his awards were not sufficient praise, Wahlberg has delivered at the box office. Seven of his films have neared or topped the elusive $100 Million mark, and most of his films have been among the top 10.

    And if awards and box office clout aren't enough, Wahlberg has a second career as a producer, a role he served on this film and on Oscar nominated "The Fighter" (2010) as well as several TV series ("Broadwalk Empire", "Entourage").

    Unfortunately, Wahlberg is about the best thing in this film, apart from some good action scenes with lots of explosions and a coy performance from J. K. Simmons who apparently got time off from his role as the Police Chief in "The Closer".

    Perhaps the problem is with the writers (Aaron Guzikowski, Arnaldur Indrioason, Oskar Jonasson) and director (Baltasar Kormakur), none of whom have much experience with American style action films. But they worked on an Icelandic thriller "Reykjavik-Rotterdam" (2008) and that film was the basis of this one. Or, more likely, the problem is that the villain, Giovanni Ribisi, simply carries no menace.
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    Format: Blu-ray
    I watched this movie over the weekend. My review would only add to those who walked away liking this flick. Even my wife who cannot stand action/suspense loved this movie. She said the suspense was killing her...LOL!

    The movie had many twists and turns. Wahlbergs character (Chris Farraday) simply did not want to get pulled back into a life of crime again, but at each turn you can feel him get pulled deeper and deeper into it.

    Acting may not have been the best, but this movie definitely keeps you interested until the end. Its not really a full on action movie. It is a part action part suspense movie. The combination works throughout.

    Not sure how folks give this a low rating. If you do not like suspense and action...why even bother watching.

    Another good movie from Wahlberg.
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    We enjoyed this movie. Mark Wahlberg is a good actor and did well in this one. There was plenty of action to keep you interested even though the storyline was a little bit lame. Overall a good movie.
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    I wanted to like this movie. I really wanted to like it. I love these two actors and they are talented. I have no idea why they signed on for this film. Even they couldn't save it.

    It finally gets good in the last 40 minutes, if one can stay with it that long.

    It starts with tough-guy action, right off the bat. But there is no character development, so we don't care about these people until close to the end.

    The dialogue tries to be macho and tough, but it just comes out silly.

    Who can take criminals seriously when their disguise is to duct tape their faces? I mean, really? And it wasn't meant as a joke, either. It was serious in the plot.

    Now, this next part probably won't interest anyone who is not from Panama, unless you are interested in things being more accurate. I am from Panama and this embarrasses me. It was distracting in the biggest way.

    They got city names wrong in Panama, in pronunciation. Does everyone not know that double ll's in Spanish is usually pronounced as a "y?" All they had to do was google the names and viola, there is the proper pronunciation.

    Mark is wearing a leather jacket outside in Panama the whole time. Really?

    Accents were screwed up. Mexican accents are not anywhere near Panamanian accents. They are two different countries very far apart in geography. It would be like casting someone with a heavy French accent who says they are from Kansas.

    Pilots do not take ships through the canal. Only canal pilots do that. They board the ship and take it through. If they hit the side, like in this movie, the ship would be there for a very long time.

    I could have overlooked how bad this movie is, if they had gotten the rest right.... maybe.

    It's just so bad.
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