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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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USA | UK | France

Language:

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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

During the freighter crash there is prop wash which indicates the boat is under power. The alleged problem would not preclude stopping the engine and propeller. See more »

Quotes

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

References The Tale of Despereaux (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Gotta Have It
Written by Kelvin Swaby, Daniel Taylor
Performed by The Heavy
Courtesy of Counter Records
By arrangement with Zync Music Group LLC
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Great Action Film with Many Twists
28 July 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee 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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