Friday, 9 March 2012

Contraband (2012)

Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Writer: Aaron Guzikowski (Screenplay)
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Foster
Story: After a drug deal goes wrong, Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) has to bail out his brother-in-law by returning to a life of crime he had given up a long time ago.
Verdict: Once again Mark Wahlberg shows that he just can't hold a film up on his own in this by-the-numbers drug smuggling romp. In supporting roles (The Other Guys, The Departed) Wahlberg has shown that he has a real acting quality but can't seem to translate that when he is the centrefold. Here we follow him as an ex-con, who was the best in the business when it came to smuggling goods into the country, brought back from retirement when his young brother-in-law botches up a drug run and upsetting a drug lord (Ribisi). Farraday and his old gang re-unite to do a big score that will pay back the debts that are owed and save the day. A formulaic script that replicates almost every cliche imaginable which doesn't leave much room for improvisation from the cast and never allows us to get invested into the Farraday character, as we never really get the feeling that something is going to go wrong. Beckinsale and Foster make most of the small roles they are given but it is Ribisi and Wahlberg that let down the story with two dimensional characters that you never quite believe.
Overall you find yourself in a been-there done-that situation when walking out the cinema, and you just wish the scriptwriters just took a bit more risk and strayed away from the ordinary.
Story: (5/10)
Cast: (6/10
Director: (6/10)
Poor Performance - Wahlberg again shows promise but just can't quite get that A-list status.
Action: (7/10)
Music: (5/10)
Cinematography: (5/10)
Best Part: The shoot-out in panama between Farraday and co. and the police.
Worst Part: The final set-up was rushed and a letdown.
Trivia: Baltasar Kormakur played the same character as Wahlberg in the original film.
Similar Too: Gone in 60 Seconds, Reyjavik-Rotterdam

Rating 56%


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