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Contraband (2012)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  13 January 2012 (USA)
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To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.

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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 him but the 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. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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What would you hide to protect your family?


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Rated R for violence, pervasive language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,349,815 (USA) (13 January 2012)

Gross:

$66,489,425 (USA) (9 March 2012)
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One of two 2012's releases starring 'Mark Wahlberg' as the hero and Giovanni Ribisi as the antagonist, the other film being Ted (2012). See more »

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When Kate is first shown in the hospital (about 1 hour,39 minutes) her nasal cannula is laying loosely on her face. A moment later, when the scene cuts back and she regains consciousness, it is properly tucked behind her ears and secured under her chin. See more »

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Chris Farraday: [to Tim] You think you're the only guy with a fucking gun?
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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.12 (2012) See more »

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Only Time
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Implausible story.
15 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you like movies where every principal character is a bad guy, then this movie will definitely be for you. Plausibility is thrown to the wind as the creators of this movie have a field day showing what happens when bad guys are in conflict with even badder guys. The problem with the story is that the "good" guy is really a bad guy who is trying to pass himself off as a good guy, which is so phony that even the other characters in the story don't believe it, and if they don't believe it, then don't expect the audience to believe it either. Mark Wahlberg is a wonderful actor and he proves it again in this movie. But he can't overcome his character's incomprehensible behavior. It's one thing for one brother to want to help out another brother - that is altruistic. However, it's something else entirely when the same brother does exactly the same thing that got the other brother into trouble. Nevertheless, there is some good acting and Kate Beckinsdale is as usual beautiful and probably played the most believable role.


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