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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. Things quickly fall apart and with only hours to reach the cash, Chris must use his rusty skills to successfully navigate a treacherous criminal network of brutal drug lords, cops and hit men before his wife, Kate (Kate Beckinsale), and sons become their target. -- (C) Official Sitemore
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


Kate Beckinsale
as Kate Farraday
Mark Wahlberg
as Chris Farraday
Ben Foster
as Sebastian Abney
Giovanni Ribisi
as Tim Briggs
Lukas Haas
as Danny Raymer
Diego Luna
as Gonzalo
J.K. Simmons
as Captain Camp
Robert Wahlberg
as John Bryce
Paul LeBlanc
as CBP Officer
Amber Gaiennie
as Danny's Bride
Kent Jude Bernard
as Tommy Raymer
David O'Hara
as Jim Church
Connor Hill
as Michael
John Wilmot
as House Owner
William Lucking
as Bud Farraday
Ritchie Montgomery
as Sebastian's Cousin
Shannon Maris
as Interviewer
Jack Landry
as Second Mate
Carlos Compean
as Port Pilot
Kirk Bovill
as Crew Member
Rose Bianco
as Superintendent
Brian Nguyen
as Taxi Driver
Victor Lopez
as Skinny Kid
Michael J. Taylor
as Band Member - Lead V...
John Russ Broussard
as Band Member - Washbo...
Mike Broussard, Jr.
as Band Member - Saxoph...
Arthur O. Thomas
as Band Member - Drums
Andrew Autin
as Band Member - Guitar
Beau St. Pierre
as Band Member - Trumpe...
Ashton McGee
as Band Member - Trombo...
Telissa Long
as Band Member - Vocals
Norman E. Landeche I...
as Band Member - Piano
Allan Maxwell
as Band Member - Bass
Alan Maxwell
as Band Member - Bass
Eddie Fiola
as Armored Truck Driver
Max Daniels
as Armored Truck Driver
Randy Austin
as Deckhand
Anthony Frederick
as CBP Officer
Lance E. Nichols
as CBP Officer
Anthony 'Ace' Thomas
as Construction Worker
Cecil M. Brown
as Auctioneer
Kent Bernhard
as Tommy Raymer
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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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