We are left to ponder why Andy is any less culpable or any more worth saving than anyone else.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
Plays like conventional Hollywood genre entertainment even though all the actual events in movie feel like they belong in a Michael Mann joint.
| Original Score: 3.5/10
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Wahlberg delivers in this sometimes tense, enjoyable, but morally muddy heist thriller.
| Original Score: 6/10
Mark Wahlberg plays another working class action hero in this gritty but convoluted story about double-dealing smugglers, wharfside corruption and family revenge.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark Wahlberg delivers the goods in Contraband, a B-movie about smuggling in boozy, corrupt New Orleans.
A-Team rules apply: this is a gore-free zone that, in common with ye Lethal Weapon movies of yore, yokes family values to gunplay.
Ends up just another dumber than average caper.
| Original Score: 2/5
Sound familiar? Of course it does, and not just because it's a remake of the 2008 film Reykjavik-Rotterdam.
Conventional, fairly exciting stuff, its most distinctive feature perhaps is the realistic, atmospheric photography by Ken Loach's regular collaborator, Barry Ackroyd.
A typical Hollywood excuse for stringing together violent action sequences which are individually exciting enough but collectively unable to sustain any palpable tension.
How this confused and mediocre heist-cum-action movie reached - albeit briefly - the top spot in the US box-office ratings passes all understanding.
Ultimately, it's not going to win any awards for originality but this is an entertaining crime thriller nonetheless.
Gritty, slick and maybe a bit too serious, Contraband may be predictable, but it is solid action entertainment.
It's a thriller in which the twists become so absurd that it becomes a kind of caper, but without the humour.
It is criminal that a director of Kormakur's talent should make the run from the gloomy authenticity of Jar City to this bland Hollywood fare.
Mark Wahlberg is back in action-man mode in this skilfully shot if slightly uneven thriller.
[A] thick-cut, crusts-left-on smuggling thriller directed by the Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur.