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Contraband Reviews

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 15, 2012
A cockamamie smuggling thriller remade from an Icelandic original by Balthasar Kormakuar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 15, 2012
It's a good thing Mark Wahlberg is so effortlessly charming, because that's part of what keeps this rather generic heist thriller rolling along as smoothly as it does.
March 15, 2012
Kormákur's thriller sets sail with enough puff, dynamics and intrigue to see it safely dock at the end of its voyage, complete with devilish humour and an expert lead at the helm in Wahlberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 15, 2012
With the action of Icelandic heist thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam relocated to New Orleans and Panama for Hollywood remake Contraband, the 'reformed crook forced into one-last job' plot feels even more routine but Wahlberg gives the role his best shot.
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
March 15, 2012
Needlessly convoluted subplots and crummy supporting characters suffocate the Farraday dynamic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 15, 2012
There isn't a single moment in this film that feels authentic...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
March 14, 2012
Kate Beckinsale is wasted as his wife and a smug ending leaves a slightly sour taste but a well cast Wahlberg carries the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
March 14, 2012
While charting familiar waters, the plot moves swiftly and efficiently, building a good head of steam over the first hour before exploding during the Panamanian highway robbery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
March 14, 2012
Watchable, if occasionally predictable thriller heightened by strong performances and some offbeat location work, though the script has a few problems and isn't nearly as clever as it thinks it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
March 13, 2012
Sure it's derivative, but it's also colorful, twisty, and fast-paced enough in execution.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
March 13, 2012
The result is unlikely to linger long in the memory, but it's enormous fun while it lasts...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
March 11, 2012
Contraband is a cut above cookie-cutter heist thrillers, and director Baltasar Kormákur looks ready for the big time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 8, 2012
The film puts the word 'con' in Contraband because its primary goal is to rob you of your money. If you plan on seeing it, please locate your nearest emergency exits before the lights go down.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
March 5, 2012
Kormakur's talent shows itself best when handling the sheer immensity of his props. The freighter and its containers are used to great effect, their sheer weight and bulk providing action scenes that are highly unusual and innovative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Graham
Total Film
March 5, 2012
Don't expect glamorous outlaws, sunny locales and exotic masterplans - this low-key thriller lifts the rusted lid off an all-too-real world of despairing criminality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 27, 2012
...generic, entirely uninvolving...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
February 26, 2012
It meanders along with poor developed characters and culminates with a weak finale that tries too hard to please.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dominic Corry
February 23, 2012
Baltasar Kormákur does a respectable job of maintaining the tension throughout Contraband
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 21, 2012
Wahlberg and the rest of the excellently chosen cast keep us engaged, even though the screenplay and direction are full of holes and contrivances
Ed Gibbs
The National (UAE)
February 19, 2012
Fond nods to Wahlberg's cinematic past ("It's like the size of a Mini Cooper") are thrown in, and it's imaginatively shot, yet it all feels rather too familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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