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Contraband is shaping up to be one of the best action crime dramas of next year, and we’ve already been seeing some great things from it, in the form of the first official trailer back in September, followed up by the first and second posters for the film, and most recently the second trailer just over a month ago.
Mark Wahlberg stars in the lead – therefore guaranteeing its brilliance; I’m a big Wahlberg fan – alongside the likes of the excellent Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale, J.K. Simmons, and Lukas Haas, with Wahlberg’s brother, Robert Wahlberg, also taking a smaller role.
We’ve now got a brilliant new clip to share with you from the film, courtesy of Fandango, which should nicely whet your appetite and get you as excited to see this as I am, if you aren’t already.
“Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) long ago abandoned his life of crime, »
- Kenji Lloyd
"Contraband" is a $40 million budgeted action thriller directed by Baltasar Kormákur, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale, remaking the Icelandic 2009 feature "Reykjavík-Rotterdam", that starred Kormákur :
"...'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.
"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 killers before his wife 'Kate' and sons become their target..."
- Michael Stevens
Contraband Trailer. Baltasar Kormákur‘s Contraband (2012) movie trailer stars Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, and Lukas Haas. Contraband‘s plot synopsis: “Chris Farraday long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy, botches a deal for his ruthless boss, he’s forced back into doing what he does best — running contraband — to settle the debt.”
This not the first time this storyline has appeared on screen. “This is a remake of the 2008 film Reykjavik-Rotterdam, which Baltasar Kormákur also appeared in, featuring a new screenplay adaptation by Aaron Guzikowski.” The Contraband plot reminds me of the remake for Gone in Sixty Seconds where a criminal comes out retirement after another criminal related to them bungles a crime and will be killed.
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Director Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband – a remake of the 2008 Icelandic thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam – reads as being somewhat of a Noir thriller about a man (Mark Wahlberg) who is drawn back into his former (destructive) life of illegal smuggling.
However, the official Contraband trailer teases much of a popcorn thriller – complete with menacing villains who have goofy facial hair and a high-stakes-heist-oriented plot that looks to be more reminiscent of the 2003 Italian Job remake (which also starred Wahlberg) than anything else.
While Kormákur and his Contraband scriber (newcomer Aaron Guzikowski) aren’t exactly household names, the film has quite the noteworthy cast – which includes stars like Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale (the Underworld series), Ben Foster (The Mechanic), Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar), Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), Luke Haas (Inception), J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man), and Robert Wahlberg ...
- Sandy Schaefer
A security guard (Wahlberg) with financial troubles considers a return to his smuggling ways when an associate offers a potentially lucrative opportunity.
Contraband will be released in the UK on March 16, 2012.
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- Jamie Neish
5 items from 2011
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