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51% Tomatometer 165 Reviews 57% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings 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. Read More Read Less Watch on Peaco*ck Stream Now

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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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Contraband (2012) | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Roger Moore Tribune News Service Mark Wahlberg delivers the goods in Contraband, a B-movie about smuggling in boozy, corrupt New Orleans. Rated: 3/4 Mar 23, 2012 Full Review Contraband (2012) | Rotten Tomatoes (2) Tara Brady Irish Times 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. Rated: 3/5 Mar 19, 2012 Full Review Contraband (2012) | Rotten Tomatoes (3) London Evening Standard How this confused and mediocre heist-cum-action movie reached - albeit briefly - the top spot in the US box-office ratings passes all understanding. Rated: 2/5 Mar 16, 2012 Full Review Contraband (2012) | Rotten Tomatoes (4) Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review This flavorless action fodder goes from tiresome to mildly unpleasant. Rated: 2/4 Mar 1, 2023 Full Review Contraband (2012) | Rotten Tomatoes (5) David Bax Battleship Pretension Everything about Contraband is fleeting. It's an exercise in formula that only manages to excite you a little bit more than it will surprise you, which is not at all. Mar 16, 2021 Full Review Contraband (2012) | Rotten Tomatoes (6) Mike Massie Gone With The Twins The excitement may be there at times, but skimped character development and a camera that just won't settle down only result in indifference. Rated: 3/10 Dec 1, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Peter G I have seen a number of Kormakur‘s absorbing Icelandic films & this, a re make of a Icelandic film where he played the Mark Wahlberg character (but did not direct) has a pretty interesting premise but is handled with enough contrivances not to mention plot holes that could sink a ship (figuratively) the size of the tanker in the film sailing between New Orleans & Panama. Little logic plays a part in this mess which, since the script seems thrown together without any sense of linear clarity. Trying to make some rational attempt at a coherent plot & it's unbelievable details is a losing proposition. The action set pieces are also awkwardly handled besides & what motivates them is, IMO, unfocused & devoid of sufficient tension & excitement.Too bad because the cast is a solid one set adrift (pun intended) in a sea of mediocrity. Another Kormakur American film EVEREST was a bit of an improvement over this farrago but his Icelandic works as a director are of considerably greater quality, so far anyway. Rated 1.5/5 Stars • Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 11/16/23 Full Review angela g i thought i would enjoy this movie but i was not a big fan of this mark Wahlberg and everybody in the movie did a great job at acting but it was boring some times Rated 3/5 Stars • Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/07/23 Full Review Justino S De um modo geral, é um filme ótimo para passar o tempo. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/28/23 Full Review Audience Member The pros: the cast is great and the production is well done. The cons: it's like they started a little plot fire without enough fuel and then started looking around the room for anything else to throw on it... furniture... Jackson Pollock paintings... anything. But if you like Mark Wahlberg and his stellar supporting cast, it's worth suspending your disbelief for a couple hours. This is more on the tense / thriller end of Wahlberg's spectrum... not feel good or fun. Rated 3/5 Stars • Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Underrated Wahlberg movie. Worth the one time watch. Fun movie Rated 3.5/5 Stars • Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/11/22 Full Review ZOMBINOX I enjoyed this movie and Mark Wahlberg in the leading roll. Not his best movie, but FAR from his worst. Solid Movie. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/24/22 Full Review Read all reviews

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Baltasar Kormákur Director Mark Wahlberg Chris Farraday Kate Beckinsale Kate Farraday Ben Foster Sebastian Abney Giovanni Ribisi Tim Briggs Caleb Landry Jones Andy
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Synopsis 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.

Director
Baltasar Kormákur

Producer
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Baltasar Kormákur, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg

Screenwriter
Aaron Guzikowski

Distributor
Universal Pictures

Production Co
Closest to the Hole, Working Title Films, Leverage, Blueeyes

Rating
R (Pervasive Language|Brief Drug Use|Violence)

Genre
Action, Mystery & Thriller

Original Language
English

Release Date (Theaters)
Jan 13, 2012, Wide

Release Date (Streaming)
Dec 1, 2015

Box Office (Gross USA)
$66.5M

Runtime
1h 50m

Sound Mix
SDDS, Dolby SRD, DTS
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