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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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Trivia

Editor Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir also edited the original Reykjavik-Rotterdam (2008). Ólafur Darri Ólafsson had a role in both films, too. See more »

Goofs

When Briggs pulls out his gun to threaten Kate we hear the sound of the pistol's hammer being cocked back , yet the hammer remains closed the entire scene. See more »

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Chris Farraday: I've got to try and fix this. Trust me, I know what I'm doing.
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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.12 (2012) See more »

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ENCIERRA SU PIEL
Written by Neiver A Alvarez and Daniel Indart
Performed by Neiver A Alvarez
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Contraband is Paint by Numbers
13 January 2012 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

Contraband is a paint by numbers action/thriller. It would be easy to pick on everything that this movie wasn't, but can you blame chicken nuggets for being chicken nuggets? With a rookie screenwriter at the helm, the script suffers from a mash-up of cliché's. They start with "One last heist" and end with "If you want to save your family you'll do as you're told". There were many déjà-vu moments of been there and done that.

The star power was strong, but given so very little to work with in the way of character back story. All the characters were two dimensional representations of stereotypes. The locations (New Orleans & Panama) were interesting choices but never really quite fit. While the movie wasn't action packed, it moved at a good pace and kept my interest the whole time. The film work was solid as a whole. There was one particular action sequence that takes place around the halfway mark that was done very well.

If you have a craving that only chicken nuggets will satisfy, then I think you will come away fairly happy. Not a necessity to see on the big screen, but that helps it a little. Leave your thinking cap outside, that's the contraband that will keep you from enjoying this as it was intended.


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