Oh look another run-of-the-mill January action/thriller, but this time with Mark Wahlberg. Contraband doesn’t look like anything special, but I always make room for a harmless film like this in an otherwise dry January. Last year it was The Mechanic and this year it’s Contraband, not a bad trade if you ask me. At least Ben Foster is slowly getting pushed to the masses, the guy is a great actor and I hate seeing him constantly get stuck with shitty side roles, oh and Giovanni Ribisi is looking extra sleazy here.
At the end of the day I’m sure this one won’t be wowing audiences, but it has the ability to be a solid action picture with a decent enough cast. I enjoy watching Mark Wahlberg take on these kinds of roles, mostly because they fucked it up big with the PG-13 Max Payne, so maybe this is his way of apologizing? It’s rated R and it has a smoking hot Kate Beckinsale, who is always easy on the eyes.
Contraband opens on January 13th, 2012.
Check out the trailer below, thanks to The Film Stage.
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), for one final run to Panama and back, hoping to 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.