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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

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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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 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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English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contrabando See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,349,815, 15 January 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,528,000, 15 March 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,262,212, 15 March 2012
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2.35 : 1
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In a scene at the harbor, Kate Beckinsale is required to say goodbye to Mark Wahlberg, put their kids in the car, and drive away. Only when they came to shoot the scene, did the producers learn that Kate doesn't drive. See more »

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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 »

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Sebastian Abney: [one of Chris sons hit him with a paper ball] Good aim.
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totally predicted and targeted to the wrong crowd
2 September 2012 | by dcobbimdbSee all my reviews

I don't know where to begin with this. I love action flicks, dramas, suspense and anything that involves heists, drug stuff or any of that kind of gist as a movie fan I just love, so this was right up my ally all the way. More so the main actor I've grown to like, so I thought this was a slam dunk, shockingly so not true...

Honestly I though the plot while fairly straight forward was telegraphed a mile away and only the mentally challenged doused with a a six pack, a dose of meth-amphetamines and a broken weegie board could get confused about. At about a 1/3 of the way into it you start to ask yourself is anybody not double crossing this guy and is this not blatantly clear?

Far as some redeeming qualities At some points it makes a stab at being something noteworthy but more or less it's you following the ball along an easily laid out path which unfortunately makes it rather boring.

Final thoughts... I'm blown away, here is a movie which ranks decent far as every type of movie I should aught to like, so I should have liked it in almost every sense... In the end I guess me being a father with young kids of my own or what I don't know but I'm calling BS on this whole damn gig... I really hope someone with some brains reads this and hears it. We "guys" who dig on action flicks do so because it takes us away from reality, not into it. Those of us who may know a glimpse of that life with families and kids wouldn't even dare take a step back into that world let alone for some POS brother in law who dug his own grave. End of game...

Bad and telegraphed story, less than memorable performances by all actors even the main character, and a lukewarm story which left me rooting for the snobby ship captain because I'd simply seen him in something else and remember liking either him or his character but not enough to remember what it was aught to tell you all you need to know...


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