Contraband 2012

Contraband

Critics 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.

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Ex-smuggler Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) gave up his criminal ways long ago. But, he's forced back into the game after his brother-in-law, Andy (Caleb Landry Jones), botches a drug deal for a crime lord (Giovanni Ribisi), leaving Chris to settle the debt. With the help of his best friend (Ben Foster), Chris assembles a team to run to Panama to retrieve a fortune in counterfeit bills. When things go awry, Chris must call on his rusty skills to complete the task before his family pays the price.

Cast & Crew

Mark Wahlberg
Chris Farraday
Kate Beckinsale
Kate Farraday
Ben Foster
Sebastian Abney
J.K. Simmons
Capt. Camp
David O'Hara
Jim Church
William Lucking
Bud Farraday
Lukas Haas
Danny Raymer
Baltasar Kormákur
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Tim Bevan
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Baltasar Kormákur
Producer
Liza Chasin
Executive Producer
Evan Hayes
Executive Producer
Bill Johnson
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Critic Reviews for Contraband

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (84) | Rotten (79)

  • How this confused and mediocre heist-cum-action movie reached - albeit briefly - the top spot in the US box-office ratings passes all understanding.

    March 16, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a thriller in which the twists become so absurd that it becomes a kind of caper, but without the humour.

    March 15, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] thick-cut, crusts-left-on smuggling thriller directed by the Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormkur.

    March 15, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A cockamamie smuggling thriller remade from an Icelandic original by Balthasar Kormakuar.

    March 15, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Needlessly convoluted subplots and crummy supporting characters suffocate the Farraday dynamic.

    March 15, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The result is unlikely to linger long in the memory, but it's enormous fun while it lasts...

    March 13, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Contraband

  • Nov 26, 2015
    Just another typical action flick from Mark Wahlberg but it does have allot of twists and turns that help the film feel fresh but none are really great as the film starts to get predictable, With hardly any action scenes it can drag abit but it's not a terrible film as it had some clever and gripping scenes but it's nothing too new or memorable.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2014
    Could've been worse is all that I am saying.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2013
    I know now the work of the director Baltasar Kormákur, and because I usually enjoy Mark Wahlberg I decided to finally watch this movie which I got a year ago. This action crime thriller with Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Caleb Landry Jones, Giovanni Ribisi, Lukas Haas, Diego Luna and J. K. Simmons is actually a remake of the 2008 Icelandic film Reykjavík-Rotterdam which Baltasar Kormákur starred in. I cannot say that I find the work of the director or the writer Aaron Guzikowski lacking, but there was not much to be remembered. I completely understand people who didn't like it because for me was on the edge - could easily go to the other side, mainly because even with all the action and all the twists still felt somehow distant, with no connection to the most of the viewers. Lacks character and maybe "soul"!? On the other hand, I kept watching it to the end... This is probably simple speciality from Hollywood which is supposedly entertaining but at the end you feel tired instead of refreshed from the 'entertainment'. I will still recommend it to the fans of Mark Wahlberg, but, please, do not expect too much!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2013
    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

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