Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Movie Trailer & Review : Contraband

Like the adage says, when we had the choice, came the temptation. That's about facing Chris Farrady, played by Mark Wahlberg, a security guard who had just left the dirty work as a smuggler. Chris had no choice, because the brother-in-law, Andy, played by Caleb Landry Jones, were in debt when the drug transaction to thwart his boss, Tim Briggs, played by Giovanni Ribisi, who is mavia.

Contraband directed by Baltasar Kormakur, and produced by Universal Pictures, the film genre of Crime and Thriller, to learn more about this film, please see at the cinema, or you can buy the original DVD on the link provided below.

Glum Mark Wahlberg sleepwalks through this role as he has in most of his other movies. He is a retired smuggler of counterfeit money and other contraband (he don't do drugs!) Now with a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) and a couple of young children, he has his own security installation business. When his brother-in-law gets in trouble with a mobster (a very effective and slimy Giovanni Ribisi) for losing a cocaine heist, Chris (Wahlberg) agrees to another run, coming out of retirement. Surprisingly, all his enablers and companions are still in place from New Orleans to Panama. This is one of those heist movies we've seen dozens of times. You find yourself pulling for the success of the crime even knowing...well, it's a crime. But of course, there is a noble cause.

As in typical heist films, the plans are terribly complicated and convoluted, yet are created on short notice. Also every detail must be pulled off without a hitch. Timing must be perfect. Yada, yada, yada. Here's the kicker. I got caught up in the intricacy and action sequences. There are explosions and gunfights of course, but they don't overwhelm the film ala, Michael Bay. If you are worn out from all of the award-worth films of November, December and early January, let this showy film cleanse your movie-watching palate. You won't remember it in a few months but it's fun while it lasts. 


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