From the very beginning to the dramatic end, the movie is thrilling. There is not a scene in the movie which drags the story and every bit is to a point. His acting is simple, on point and brilliant as usual and this is one of the best smuggling films i would add to, after Italian job and various others make to a good list. The fact that it brings family, friendship, love, hate, betrayal and the usual bad guy in the film may make it sound all ordinary as most of the films have almost the same characters these days, but the reason i would ask you guys to watch this film is because the touch it <more>
has unlike most of them out these days.I don't think timing is any bit of a problem in this movie and the way in which the scenes unfold is what i think keep you at the edge of your seat through the movie. Anywhoo, A must watch! I loved it personally.
My son dragged me to this movie, which I was certain would disappoint based on "professional critic" reviews I read earlier. Snobs! While this movie has a relatively straight forward plot, there are several well planned surprises interjected throughout, which keep the audience on their seat. Contraband includes the typical "good looking hero squashes the ugly bad guy" scenarios, but the cast's stellar performances combined with a plausible storyline all come together to create a thoroughly entertaining movie from start to finish!In my opinion, its a refreshing take on <more>
a good old fashioned good guy vs bad guys and crafty drug smugglers who outwit even the most competent customs agents. Fun fun fun. I was rooting for the smugglers the whole time!!
"Contraband" has definitely smuggled its way into my DVD collection! (by s-andersonbledsoe)
Last Monday January 16th, 2012 , I saw this movie on my first "outing" with my potential prom date. I really wanted to see the Sherlock Holmes sequel but it wasn't showing at a time that I could see it and, thankfully, I hate chick flicks/romantic comedies, so Contraband was the only choice. I loved it! Mark Wahlberg gave a strong, though not particularly poignant performance of a desperate man who wants to keep his family safe. So, in my opinion, the movie has a relatively simple plot, one everyone can generally relate to. I mean, if you have a past, then you have a <more>
past.Additionally, the film had enough violent action to keep it exciting. Plus, I really liked the Briggs character. He was darn cool. The multiple tats, the "wangsta" attitude, and even his voice which gave him a little oomph for some reason all made him pretty darn likable. Despite being a total jerk.However, the only thing I did not like about this movie was Chris's Mark wife. I mean, in all honesty, she was kinda dumb. Seriously. If you live in a certain environment she knew all about her husband's past and what her younger brother was up to , then why in the heck do you not have a gun?! C'mon woman. Geez. She was super helpless. That made me mad.
I really enjoyed this film. Altho some characters are expected, there are some new characters who I found interesting. Enough unexpected turns to keep me interested. And the plot is easy to follow, not some fantastic indecipherable thriller you can never figure out. A lot of the movie is shot in shipping yards of New Orleans and Panama including the locks. Also credits were given to Iceland and not sure what that was. Liked Mark Wahlberg, and David O'Hara and his Scottish accent was a surprise. Not enough car chases for other reviewers? Not enough sex, werewolves, vampires, or torture, <more>
drug use or sci-fi story lines? Too bad. A great and clever heist with some nice twists. Very enjoyable.
Don't believe the reviewers, this action packed adventure thrilled and entertained the entire audience. Even got spotty applause which is a rarity except for the most exceptional films.Great camera work gave exciting glimpses of the Panama Canal, the Canal Zone and the port of New Orleans.Contraband is a perfect portrayal of the gritty life of crime, and the amoral people who live it. Several exciting twists and turns make the ending a surprise not even my genius plot detective wife could figure out beforehand.Mark Wahlberg continues to give us one realistic performance after another. <more>
Leave the kids at home and go see this action packed thriller.
Smuggler's Blues - Wahlberg mixes it up nicely! (by george.schmidt)
CONTRABAND 2012 ***1/2 Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, Lukas Haas, Caleb Landry Jones, Diego Luna , JK Simmons. Better-than-anticipated action/drama about an ex-smuggler-gone-straight-family man Wahlberg, getting in touch with his inner-Cagney , who must pay for the sins of his foolish brother-in-law Jones who gets on the bad side of scumbag Ribisi. Wahlberg's calm-before-the-ass-kicking faÃ§ade, Ribisi's greasy jag off thug and yeoman character actor of his generation Foster with his canny snake-in-the-grass characterizations rise above the B-movie <more>
plot based on an Icelandic film "REKJAVIK-ROTTERDAM" by Arnauldur Indridason & Oskar Jonesan gets the true blue Hollywood adaptation by Aaron Guzikowski, with some quality crafty set-pieces . The original film's producer, Baltasar Kormakur, directs and allows his star to take full control proving his mettle as a box office draw even in the paper-thin-storyline.
Good Wahlberg action movie. Strong storytelling after the cliché start. (by MosHr)
Contraband starts like "Gone in 60 Seconds", but instead of boosting cars it's about smuggling contraband, and like GI6S it's because of an idiot younger brothers and familial responsibilities that brings an ex-criminal/smuggler out of retirement for that one last job. Chris our smuggler protagonist is deemed the Houdini of smuggling but in reality, he's a general super bad-ass who can talk fast, kick ass and smuggle at superhero levels. We are then treated to the Mark Wahlberg show where it's hard to imagine anything adverse happening to him and we just go along <more>
with the ride.The movie is at its best after it sheds its GI6S intro and moves to the nitty gritty details of smuggling. The movie feels at home at sea where everything is calculated and ordered, but while on land, the movie is always bizarre, violent and out of control. This lends for some really angular storytelling that keeps the movie exciting and interesting.It's great to see Kate Beckinsdale in the movies again though she plays the wife whose main role is to look great and be in distress, a far cry from her iconic Underworld Selene or from her last movie Whiteout.On the whole it's a good action movie and if you liked Mark Wahlberg's previous movies like the Italian Job and Shooter, you will also like this.
Mark Walberg is Great in Intense Contraband (by CaptMTS)
Contraband is a well-made action film with strong acting, good directing, and great cinematography that draws you into New Orleans, Panama, and their freight ship. Mark Walberg plays a man pulled back into his smuggling past to right the wrongs of his naive brother-in-law and protect his family.Mark Walberg is excellent as the lead character. He is strong in the action scenes on his smuggling trip to Panama , and he is just as good in dramatic scenes calling his wife to help her back home. He is a strong protagonist who is likable and draws a lot of empathy as he tries to fight the bad guys <more>
and save his family.Walberg is supported by a strong cast. Giovannis Ribisi does well as a dirty, corrupt smuggler who terrorizes his family, Ben Foster is excellent as Walberg's recovering addict and alcoholic ex-smuggling parter who struggles to do the right thing. And, Kate Beckinsale is great as Walberg's wife, who also must fight to protect her family.The director does a great job of building intensity throughout the film. He brings the audience into the smuggling trade in a realistic and believable manner. And, the director effectively engages the audience in the drama and action at three locations simultaneously as the film builds to its resolution back in New Orleans.Overall, the film is a strong action film. If you dismiss the standard plot and some lapses of reality, you'll enjoy the intense action, strong acting, and great scenery. Catch Contraband in the theaters to enjoy it on the big screen.Just be careful about smuggling your own candy into the theater.
Great Action Film with Many Twists (by claudio_carvalho)
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 <more>
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"