Contraband

Contraband

Director: Baltasar Kormákur

Cast: Baltasar Kormákur, Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster

     
 

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A former smuggler from New Orleans faces ruthless drug lords, vicious criminals, corrupt officials, and trigger-happy hit men after getting back into the business to help his brother-in-law settle a deadly debt. When it came to transporting illicit goods under treacherous circumstances, Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) used to be the bestSee more details below

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A former smuggler from New Orleans faces ruthless drug lords, vicious criminals, corrupt officials, and trigger-happy hit men after getting back into the business to help his brother-in-law settle a deadly debt. When it came to transporting illicit goods under treacherous circumstances, Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) used to be the best in the business. But all of that changed when he chose to give up his life of crime to start a family with Kate (Kate Beckinsale). Chris learns that leaving his past behind is easier said than done, however, after Kate's brother Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) goes to work for ferocious drug lord Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi), and drops the ball on a major deal. Now, in order to set things right, Chris must smuggle millions of dollars in counterfeit bills from Panama into the United States. And if anything goes wrong, Tim will target his entire family for death. With his best friend Sebastian (Ben Foster) by his side and a crackerjack crew along for the ride, Chris heads to Panama for one last job. Later, with time running out and a treacherous maze of desperate criminals to navigate, the job gets complicated, and Chris must race to reach his family before Tim gets to them first. Lukas Haas, Diego Luna, and J.K. Simmons co-star.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Prolific Icelandic actor/director Baltasar Kormákur injects some fresh energy into a well-worn genre trope in Contraband, a big-scale Hollywood remake of the popular 2008 thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam -- which Kormákur originally produced and starred in. Though its clichéd conceit of a former criminal battling betrayal and impossible odds while resorting to his old ways for "one last job" may perhaps be the most overused device in the history of crime thrillers, assured direction, a game ensemble cast, and a lean script punctuated by some clever twists elevate Contraband just enough to make it a brisk, pulpy diversion in a moviegoing season generally dismissed as the multiplex dumping grounds. When it came to transporting illicit goods under treacherous circumstances, Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) used to be the best in the business. But all of that changed when he chose to give up his life of crime to start a family with his wife Kate (Kate Beckinsale). Chris learns that leaving his past behind is easier said than done, however, after Kate's brother Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) goes to work for ferocious drug lord Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi) and drops the ball on a major deal. Now, in order to set things right, Chris must smuggle millions of dollars in counterfeit bills from Panama into the United States. And if anything goes wrong, Tim will target his entire family for death. With the help of his best friend Sebastian (Ben Foster) and a crackerjack crew, Chris heads to Panama for one last job. Later, with time running out and a treacherous maze of desperate criminals to navigate, the job gets more complicated, and Chris must race to reach his family before Tim gets to them first. No one is likely to mistake Contraband for a masterpiece of crime cinema, but taken as a lean and efficient crowd-pleaser, it's difficult to deny that Kormákur's remake delivers on virtually all fronts. By transplanting the setting from the inner city to a creaking cargo ship, the film effectively sidesteps the urban trappings that have become so inherent to this type of story. Working from an original screenplay by Arnaldur Indrioason and Óskar Jónasson, writer Aaron Guzikowski maintains a high level of tension by frequently cutting back to New Orleans to highlight the growing threat to Kate and her two children as Chris races to prevent the situation from spinning out of control. Meanwhile, surprising twists in both New Orleans and Panama ensure we remain riveted to the action, and there are also some unexpected moments of levity that help to smooth over some of the screenplay's rougher edges. As a desperate family man stuck in dire straits, Wahlberg makes Chris Farraday a likable character, and Guzikowski doesn't cut any corners in showing us just why he earned such a legendary reputation as a smuggler. Meanwhile, Ribisi once again proves that the word "subtlety" simply isn't in his vocabulary as he portrays the kind of criminal scum whose concept of "playing" includes tormenting a defenseless mother and her two frightened children, and Foster showcases why he's earned his reputation as a go-to supporting player. Likewise, screen vets J.K. Simmons and Lukas Haas help to provide much of the comic relief as the hard-nosed captain and nervous criminal accomplice, respectively. With virtually all of the elements falling into place so effectively, perhaps the only true misstep in Contraband is Kormákur's decision to go hyperstylized during a crucial action sequence in Panama. Though it's difficult to deny a director the occasional indulgence -- especially when it's so brief and inconsequential to the main story -- the scene just draws too much attention to itself and feels a bit out of place as a result. Save for that one forgivable nitpick, however, Contraband is the ideal antidote to the stodgy, awards-season seriousness that dominates January movie screens.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2012
UPC:
0025192125669
Original Release:
2012
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Deleted Scenes; Under the Radar: The Making of Contraband; Reality Factor: The Stunts and Action of Contraband; Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Baltasar Kormákur and Producer Evan Hayes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Wahlberg Chris Farraday
Kate Beckinsale Kate,Kate Farraday
Ben Foster Sebastian,Sebastian Abney
Giovanni Ribisi Tim Briggs
Lukas Haas Actor,Danny Raymer
Caleb Landry Jones Andy
Diego Luna Actor,Gonzalo
J.K. Simmons Actor,Captain Camp
Robert Wahlberg John Bryce
Jason Mitchell Walter
Paul LeBlanc CBP Officer
Amber Gaiennie Danny's Bride
Kent Jude Bernard Tommy Raymer
Kent Bernhard Tommy Raymer
David O'Hara Jim Church
Anthony Coleman Marcus
Jackson Beals Desmond
Jacqueline Fleming Jeanie
Connor Hill Michael
Bryce McDaniel Eddie
John Wilmot House Owner
Dane Rhodes AA Guy
Juliette Marie Enright Sadie
William Lucking Bud Farraday
Ritchie Montgomery Sebastian's Cousin
Victor Hernández Edwin
Shannon Maris Interviewer
J. Omar Castro Benito
Michael L. Nesbitt Chief Mate
Jack Landry Second Mate
Kevin "Lucky" Johnson Tarik
Olafur Darri Olafsson Olaf
Carlos Compean Port Pilot
Kirk Bovill Crew Member
Rose Bianco Superintendent
Brian Nguyen Taxi Driver
Roland Ruiz Kid
Ian Casselberry Kinkos
Victor Lopez Skinny Kid
Michael J. Taylor Band Member - Lead Vocalist
John Russ Broussard Band Member - Washboard
Mike Broussard Band Member - Saxophone
Arthur Thomas Band Member - Drums
Andrew Autin Band Member - Guitar
Beau St. Pierre Band Member - Trumpet
Ashton McGee Band Member - Trombone
Telissa Long Band Member - Vocals
Norman E. Landeche Band Member - Piano
Allan Maxwell Band Member - Bass
Laura Bergeron-Iglesias Rosa
Eddie Fiola Armored Truck Driver
Max Daniels Armored Truck Driver
Joshua Teixidor Boss
Randy Austin Deckhand
Anthony Frederick CBP Officer
Michael Beasley Davis
Turner Crumbley Laird
Lance E. Nichols CBP Agent
Anthony Ace Thomas Construction Worker
Eric Weinstein Trucker
Cecil M. Brown Auctioneer

Technical Credits
Baltasar Kormákur Director,Producer
Barry Ackroyd Cinematographer
Valdimar Baldvinsson Animator
Tim Bevan Producer
Matthias Bjarnason Animator
Dennis Bradford Art Director
Leo Corey Castellano Makeup Special Effects
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Jenny Eagan Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Fanning Production Designer
Eric Fellner Producer
Aaron Guzikowski Screenwriter
Evan Hayes Executive Producer
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Bill Johnson Executive Producer
Krystal Kershaw Makeup
Stephen Levinson Producer
Elisabet Ronaldsdottir Editor
Danny Sheehan Sound/Sound Designer
Clinton Shorter Score Composer
Mark Wahlberg Producer
Michele Ziegler Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Contraband
1. Scene 1 [8:26]
2. Scene 2 [6:19]
3. Scene 3 [4:26]
4. Scene 4 [5:39]
5. Scene 5 [4:20]
6. Scene 6 [5:26]
7. Scene 7 [4:16]
8. Scene 8 [6:40]
9. Scene 9 [4:49]
10. Scene 10 [1:51]
11. Scene 11 [7:37]
12. Scene 12 [5:35]
13. Scene 13 [4:32]
14. Scene 14 [6:10]
15. Scene 15 [5:01]
16. Scene 16 [4:16]
17. Scene 17 [4:41]
18. Scene 18 [5:10]
19. Scene 19 [3:34]
20. Scene 20 [5:30]

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