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Contraband (2012)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Bryce
Paul LeBlanc ...
CBP Official
Michael J. Taylor ...
Band Member - Lead Vocals
John Russ Broussard ...
Band Member - Washboard
Mike Broussard Jr. ...
Band Member - Saxophone
Arthur Thomas ...
Band Member - Drums
Amber Gaiennie ...
Danny's Bride
Kent Jude Bernard ...
Tommy Raymer
Andrew Autin ...
Band Member - Guitar
Beau St. Pierre ...
Band Member - Trumpet


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 Briggs but then 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?

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Contrabando  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$66,489,425 (USA) (9 March 2012)

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Great Action Film with Many Twists
28 July 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

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 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")

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