MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 138 this week

Contraband (2012)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  13 January 2012 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 86,853 users   Metascore: 51/100
Reviews: 148 user | 261 critic | 38 from Metacritic.com

To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (film "Reykjavik-Rotterdam"), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 28 Mar 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 23 Jan 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 19 Dec 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Contraband" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Contraband (2012)

Contraband (2012) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Contraband.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion.

Director: Asger Leth
Stars: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell
Headhunters (2011)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

Director: Morten Tyldum
Stars: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Blitz (2011)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A tough cop is dispatched to take down a serial killer who has been targeting police officers.

Director: Elliott Lester
Stars: Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Aidan Gillen
Limitless I (2011)
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.

Director: Neil Burger
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish
Disconnect I (2012)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world.

Director: Henry Alex Rubin
Stars: Jason Bateman, Jonah Bobo, Haley Ramm
The Raven I (2012)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality.

Director: James McTeigue
Stars: John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans
The Call II (2013)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.

Director: Brad Anderson
Stars: Halle Berry, Evie Thompson, Abigail Breslin
Margin Call (2011)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the financial crisis.

Director: J.C. Chandor
Stars: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey
Side Effects I (2013)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law
Now You See Me I (2013)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

Director: Louis Leterrier
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo
Biography | Crime | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.

Director: Scott Walker
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens, John Cusack
Panic Room (2002)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house's safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune.

Director: David Fincher
Stars: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Olaf
...
John Bryce
...
Walter
Paul LeBlanc ...
CBP Official
...
Danny's Bride
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What would you hide to protect your family?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

| |

Language:

|

Release Date:

13 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Contrabando  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$66,489,425 (USA) (9 March 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

Ships of these dimensions have a fixed propeller and not a Controllable Pitch Propeller. See more »

Quotes

Chris Farraday: I've got to try and fix this. Trust me, I know what I'm doing.
See more »

Connections

References The Italian Job (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Only Time
Written by Matthew Nawada, Jason Anthony Leach
Performed by Jay Fresko
Courtesy of InDigi Music and South Coast Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A slightly above average thriller
8 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you've seen the trailer, you can already tell that Contraband really doesn't have anything new to offer as a film. It has a typical heist/revenge thriller plot with some thrills and good action sequences. However, Contraband manages to be a slightly better than your typical thriller.

Mark Wahlberg gives a really good performance and Giovanni Ribisi did a really great job as the films over-the-top villain. The film does a great job of getting down the gritty tone and gives the film a realistic feel to it. I also enjoyed how instead of being a straight out action flick, the film actually took time to develop what they had with the plot and show the whole set up of the heist.

For most of it's nearly 2 hour runtime, Contraband kept me entertained for the most part. It still suffers from it's expected flaws. The plot isn't exactly strong and is pretty convoluted and very predictable. I also didn't care for the way the film wrapped up.

Overall, there really isn't a whole lot about to say about Contraband, but I would highly recommend it to someone who is looking for a good rental. If you like Marky Mark, than it's worth a shot.


28 of 40 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
just how pervasive is the language grobanite2004
6.6 ? No way ! ilkerimin
'C-word' mz2377
Duct tape masks..... DrOcktagon
What's with all the negative comments? Mikaela90
Such a strange movie... august-eighty
Discuss Contraband (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?