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Contraband (2012)

Released on 16 July 2012

Featuring: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale & Ben Foster

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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Mark Wahlberg leads the cast of Contraband, a fast-paced thriller about a man trying to stay out of a world he worked so hard to leave behind and the family he'll do anything to protect. Set in New Orleans, the film explores the cutthroat underground world of international smuggling-full of desperate criminals and corrupt officials, high-stakes and big payoffs-where loyalty rarely exists and death is one wrong turn away.

Chris Farraday (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), to head to Panama and 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.

  • Reality Factor: The Stunts and Action of Contraband
  • Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Baltasar Kormákur and Producer Evan Hayes

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 Typical Wahlberg...

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Typical Mark Wahlberg Film. Theres some good action and its entertaining and tense despite some some slightly dubious moments. Overall worth a watch!


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Mark Wahlberg is a great leader for the cast of the film. When I bought this i thought it wasn't going to be a film that wouldn't even interest me in the slightest, but when it came to the end, it felt like a long hour and 3 quarters. But I felt quite surprised and elated I was after I watched it, got to be in the mood for a good actioner to watch it though to follow the plot, but it was a great film and acting too.

 good taut thriller

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nothing new in this film but some good casting gives it an edge, mark wahlberg gives his usual committed performance and is well supported by a strong cast including ben foster and giovanni ribisi. wahlbergs brother is in trouble with some hoods and needs money fast, well just so happens that wahlberg was a former money launderer an smuggler so he soon on one last job. film moves at good pace with twist an turn and its kept tight an edgy,. well worth a watch.


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Mark Wahlberg adds another remake to his CV. Contraband is directed by Baltersa Kormakur who also produced and starred in the original version Euro-thriller original called Reykjavik-Rotterdam. Wahlberg's a former smuggler coaxed into one last job, which goes predictably awry ( and at time rather implausable as who could rob an armoured truck while waiting for their ferry connection?). But the film is very well acted with stand out turns from Ben Foster and a very seedy Giovanni Ribisi. The film has plenty of tension and some excellent action sequences that lead al the way to a very tense climax that features the worlds loudest mobile phone ( I don't know about you but sometimes I cannot hear my mobile going off in my pocket, never mind hear one over industrial machinary?) It's no classic and nothing new, but with Contraband is a well directed and very enjoyable thriller that leads to a good evenings entertainment.
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ActorsMark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, J.K. Simmons, Lukas Haas, Caleb Landry Jones, Diego Luna, Robert Wahlberg, Monica Acosta, Jaqueline Fleming, Emily D. Haley, Michael Beasley, Nedal Yousef & Kirk Bovill
DirectorBaltasar Kormákur
Certificate15 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesHindi; Audio Description Track
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired; Arabic; Icelandic; Hindi
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.