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Running Time:
1 hour, 49 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
or violence, pervasive language and brief drug use

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Supposedly an action thriller, but with far more more tedium and confusion than thrills.

Additional Info:
Mark Wahlberg ... Chris Farraday
Ben Foster ... Sebastian Abney
Lukas Haas ... Danny Raymer
Kate Beckinsale ... Kate Farraday
David O'Hara ... Jim Church
Giovanni Ribisi ... Tim Briggs
Jackson Beals ... Desmond
Robert Wahlberg ... John Bryce
Caleb Landry Jones ... Andy
Jason Mitchell ... Walter

 Contraband 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

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