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Contraband Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 17, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
April 17, 2012
Wahlberg delivers in this sometimes tense, enjoyable, but morally muddy heist thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
April 2, 2012
Mark Wahlberg plays another working class action hero in this gritty but convoluted story about double-dealing smugglers, wharfside corruption and family revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
Mark Wahlberg delivers the goods in Contraband, a B-movie about smuggling in boozy, corrupt New Orleans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tara Brady
Irish Times
March 19, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 18, 2012
Conventional, fairly exciting stuff, its most distinctive feature perhaps is the realistic, atmospheric photography by Ken Loach's regular collaborator, Barry Ackroyd.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
March 16, 2012
A typical Hollywood excuse for stringing together violent action sequences which are individually exciting enough but collectively unable to sustain any palpable tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
March 16, 2012
Ultimately, it's not going to win any awards for originality but this is an entertaining crime thriller nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror (UK)
March 15, 2012
Gritty, slick and maybe a bit too serious, Contraband may be predictable, but it is solid action entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Smith
Radio Times
March 15, 2012
Mark Wahlberg is back in action-man mode in this skilfully shot if slightly uneven thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 15, 2012
[A] thick-cut, crusts-left-on smuggling thriller directed by the Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
ViewLondon
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
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
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