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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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Baltasar Kormákur

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Aaron Guzikowski (screenplay), Arnaldur Indriðason (film "Reykjavik-Rotterdam") | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Wahlberg ... John Bryce
Caleb Landry Jones ... Andy
Jason Mitchell ... Walter
Paul LeBlanc Paul LeBlanc ... CBP Official
Mark Wahlberg ... Chris Farraday
Ben Foster ... Sebastian Abney
Michael J. Taylor Michael J. Taylor ... Band Member - Lead Vocals
John Russ Broussard John Russ Broussard ... Band Member - Washboard
Mike Broussard Jr. Mike Broussard Jr. ... Band Member - Saxophone
Arthur Thomas Arthur Thomas ... Band Member - Drums
Lukas Haas ... Danny Raymer
Amber Gaiennie Amber Gaiennie ... Danny's Bride
Kent Jude Bernard Kent Jude Bernard ... Tommy Raymer
Andrew Autin Andrew Autin ... Band Member - Guitar
Beau St. Pierre Beau St. Pierre ... Band Member - Trumpet
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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?


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

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Trivia

Mark Wahlberg and Ben Foster starred in lone survivor See more »

Goofs

Captain Camp would not have been at the helm while his ship was passing through the Panama Canal. Panama Canal pilots take over the ship during passage. See more »

Quotes

Andy: Don't act like you don't like this shit.
Chris Farraday: Why, is that obvious? I know but don't tell your sister.
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"The Department of Homeland Security's cooperation and assistance does not reflect an endorsement of the contents of the Production" See more »

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Referenced in Conan: The Mayan 'Dilbert Cartoon-a-Day' Calendar (2012) See more »

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Have You Ever Loved a Woman
Written by Billy Myles
Performed by MoJEAUX
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A Thriller That Lacks Any Thrills
22 May 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Contraband (2012)

** (out of 4)

After his brother-in-law messed up a drug deal and has the pusher threaten his life, Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) decides to do one more smuggle job to pay off the debt but soon he begins to realize the his best friend (Ben Foster) might have betrayed him. CONTRABAND is a remake of a film and it's interesting to note that the director of this, Baltasar Kormakur, was actually the star of the original. It's a pretty unique situation to have the star of a film direct its remake but it's clear that he probably should have left that job to someone else. I'm not going to blame 100% of the film's failure on him but there's no question that he adds very little to the material on hand. There are way too many scenes where I'm guessing the director thought he was delivering something stylish but it just comes across rather amateurish. Take a look at the scene where Foster falls off the wagon and you'll get a perfect example. Another problem with the direction is that there's just not enough drama in it for this thriller to work. Part of that problem can go towards the screenplay because it never really gives us a reason to care for any of these characters. There are bad scumbags all over the place but the problem is that we're supposed to be rooting for the Wahlberg character but that's hard to do for a number of reasons. You certainly don't feel sorry for the brother-in-law and by the time the film was over I grew rather frustrated with the actions of Wahlberg's character as well as his wife played by Kate Beckinsale. The cast offers up some nice performances but none of them are really being stretched or challenged by the material. CONTRABAND probably could have been a better movie in someone else's hand but as it is it's just a thriller with no thrills.


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Release Date:

13 January 2012 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,349,815, 15 January 2012

Gross USA:

$66,528,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,262,212
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