Contraband Movie Review – Mark Wahlberg Does What He Does Best

by on December 2, 2012

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Contraband movie review

Contraband, a quickie movie review:

Mark Wahlberg in ContrabandThe movie is directed & produced by Baltasar Kormákur (Inhale, Jar City) and stars Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, Caleb Landry Jones, J.K. Simmons and more.

The movie starts out watching Andy (Jones) being forced to dump a load of drugs he was running during a drug raid.  He finds himself forced to owe the drug dealer, Tim Briggs (Ribisi), the money the dump was worth. Andy’s brother-in-law, Chris Farraday (M. Wahlberg) is forced to go back to his old ways of smuggling to get the money together to pay the dealer.

He gets his old crew together and makes a run to Panama. It’s a lifestyle he used to enjoy and to some degree, starts out enjoying the old ways though it’s just a quickie return to old habits for this one time.  What with him going legitimate when he married Andy’s sister, Kate (Beckinsale).

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As the movie starts, the opening scenes introduce us to everything we need to know. Andy screws up, gets under the gun from the dealer and Chris takes it on himself to get the money.

As this one quick job progresses along, and on his way to Panama, little things keep going haywire. Meanwhile, back at home, the dealer is also making things a bit rough as he visits Andy’s wife and kids.

And it goes from there.

Kate Beckinsale in ContrabandAndy (Jones) is the perfect, lost and confused little brother trying to make it big in the underworld. And he’s really a crux of all the problems.

The rest of the cast brings the story along properly. The story has plenty of tension and actually kept me on the edge of my seat.

Mark Wahlberg delivers the action like he has always done and doesn’t disappoint.

Ben Foster in ContrabandContraband is a well constructed story of crime and betrayal with plenty of action and excitement. I wish I had seen it in the theater but as a rental, I think it’s more than worth it.

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