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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

Writers:

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?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

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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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

Remake of Reykjavík-Rotterdam (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Gente Goza El Son
Written by Enzo Villaparedes
Performed by The Latin Mambo Orchestra
Courtesy of LMS Records
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Contraband- 5 category review
13 January 2012 | by nathan-276See all my reviews

Directing 6/10- Some unique and intriguing shots, but nothing too rememberable Acting 8.5/10- The acting is the category that without a doubt, stole the show. Solid efforts from the entire cast but the film really benefited from tremendous performances from Ribisi and Landry Jones. Screenplay 4/10- The screenplay is fun no doubt and benefits from decent pacing and a few intense action sequences but the film lacks originality, stealing concepts and at times, lines. Visual effects 5/10- The visual effects were average. I can't completely fault a film for not using unnecessary visuals. Sound effects/Music 5/10- The sound effects were fine, nothing misplaced there. The music was again just OK, sometimes the music was great and mixed well with the action going on but in some the haunting/emotional scenes the music didn't make the scene 'better', which is what it should do. Overall, the film is just another forgettable action film. The film has decent enough story (though cliché), with great acting and some fun action sequences that make the film at least worth a viewing.


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