Contraband (2012)



Critic Consensus: It's more entertaining than your average January action thriller, but that isn't enough to excuse Contraband's lack of originality and unnecessarily convoluted plot.

Movie Info

Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy (Caleb Landry Jones), botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi), Chris is forced back into doing what he does best- running contraband-to settle Andy's debt. Chris is a legendary smuggler and quickly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend, Sebastian (Ben Foster), for one final run to Panama and back, hoping to return with millions in counterfeit bills. … More

Rating: R (for violence, pervasive language and brief drug use)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Óskar Jónasson, Arnaldur Indriđason, Aaron Guzikowski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 24, 2012
Box Office: $66.5M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Contraband

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (38)

We are left to ponder why Andy is any less culpable or any more worth saving than anyone else.

Full Review… | December 30, 2012
Christianity Today

It may not exactly be an original story, but when a little effort is put into a film like this, it can be done pretty well.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012

Contraband is a decent action film but none of the cast can do anything to elevate the material beyond what it is: a January movie from top to bottom.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012
We Got This Covered

Plays like conventional Hollywood genre entertainment even though all the actual events in movie feel like they belong in a Michael Mann joint.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

With its dim lighting and handheld camerawork, the director's 'realistic' visual approach is arguably bogus, but it pays dividends as the narrative becomes increasingly grim.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Wahlberg delivers in this sometimes tense, enjoyable, but morally muddy heist thriller.

Full Review… | April 17, 2012

Audience Reviews for Contraband

Not particularly spectacular, but entertaining enough smuggler thriller that's engaging enough once it truly gets going.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


A good action film with lots of twists, although none are especially striking. Wahlberg continues to disappoint by playing a tough guy role when he doesn't have the grittiness to pull it off. Still, it's a fun film.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

A good mix of action, heist and thriller with a good cast line-up make this a better than average film. It didn't have anything particularly new or original about it, but if you like those genre of films then you should enjoy this.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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