1 hour, 49 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
or violence, pervasive language and brief drug use
Mark Wahlberg ...
Ben Foster ...
Lukas Haas ...
Kate Beckinsale ...
David O'Hara ...
Giovanni Ribisi ...
Jackson Beals ...
Robert Wahlberg ...
Caleb Landry Jones ...
Jason Mitchell ...
Mark Wahlberg plays Chris Farraday, a master smuggler who followed
in the footsteps of his now-jailed father Bud (William Lucking) in
setting up clever schemes to bring stuff into the port of New Orleans by
cleverly concealing it on transport ships. But he’s given up the
life, settling down with his wife Kate (Kate Beckinsale) and their two
young sons and running a legit home-security business.
But Chris is “pulled back in,” when
his doofus brother-in-law Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) dumps a bag of
cocaine in the drink when confronted by fed inspectors and finds himself
deeply in debt to threatening drug boss Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi).
Chris has to make up the loss or find his family in deep trouble.
So Chris decides to undertake one last job, bringing in a stash of
counterfeit money from Panama on a ship commanded by the officious, Captain Camp (J.K. Simmons). Chris decides to stow the money in a
space behind a false wall. Before long
things turns bad when the ship is boarded by
investigators looking for smuggled drugs, and things look grim. They’re also not so good back home, either,
where Kate and the kids, whom Chris has left under the protection of his
old buddy Sebastian Abney (Ben Foster), a recovering alcoholic and
would-be entrepreneur - are menaced by Briggs and his thugs.
Director, Baltasar Kormákur ("A Little Trip to Heaven") attempts to jack up the tension with jittery,
hand-held camera moves, and managing to insert a twist at the end, but it’s telegraphed early on and will hardly shock anyone. Despite attempts to spice up the curiously leaden action sequences with rapid-fire,
machine-gun editing, the result is still a muddled mess. Few action movies are as dispiriting and dull as Contraband.