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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?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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 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 »

Quotes

Sebastian Abney: [one of Chris sons hit him with a paper ball] Good aim.
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Crazy Credits

"The Department of Homeland Security's cooperation and assistance does not reflect an endorsement of the contents of the Production" See more »

Connections

Featured in Under the Radar: The Making of 'Contraband' (2012) See more »

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Only Time
Written by Matthew Nawada, Jason Anthony Leach
Performed by Jay Fresko
Courtesy of InDigi Music and South Coast Records
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It's alright
22 January 2012 | by bruceleroyjrSee all my reviews

It's alright.

That's a perfect description. Should you watch it? Yes. But I'd feel better about myself if I waited for this one and watched it at home.

This is a basic heist movie, but the details of the heist are not very clearly defined and presented to the audience. Oceans 11, Italian Job and the like really spell it out for you - in Contraband we just get a loose overview. The suspension of belief required in some areas of the movie just kind of deflates the entire film a bit. Not too much, just a bit. Maybe my expectations were too high?

Marky Mark does a fine job and the movie is fine. It's enjoyable. But, it's not great. And I want great from Wahlberg because I've gotten it before and I know he can do it. The other members of the cast range from passable to good, not great, except for Ribisi who really gets under your skin and delivers a menacing and chilling performance. No sex, but there are some beat 'em up scenes and graphic gun fights. The language is pretty clean overall - not unnecessarily vulgar at least.

In my opinion, Mark Wahlberg has been an inconsistent actor. He's had some high levels of success and other times it just seems like his movies are just OK. I wonder if he has internalized this and just works to collect a check... I don't know. I hope he frequently makes movies, but I also hope he makes a few more great ones, instead of just "alright."

With all that being said, I was entertained. It's a fine movie and good enough for the movie theater. But again, if you're trying to maximize your $10.00, take a look at some of the other offerings this week.


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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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