Plot summary (from the studio): Mark Wahlberg stars as legendary smuggler Chris Farraday, who has left his criminal past behind to be with his wife (Kate Beckinsale) and sons. When a ruthless drug kingpin (Giovanni Ribisi) threatens his family, Farraday must summon his old skills and contacts for one last run. Contraband takes you to the cutthroat underground world of international smuggling, and on a thrilling adventure that critics are calling “dynamic, intense and gritty!” – Mark S Allen, CBS/CW-TV (Sacramento)
Warning: Spoilers below!
- I am completely unsure of the science behind the way Chris smuggled the money out and have no idea if that sort of thing even has a chance in hell of working. But I still have to give the writer credit for originality in that department.
- Everything about the wife’s near-death mishap was completely unbelievable. First, the fact that Sebastian couldn’t tell that she was still breathing/alive after she hit her head. Then, that he wrapped her up in plastic — but conveniently left her head out/uncovered. And finally, that Chris not only arrived on the scene JUST IN TIME, but also was able to hear her little cell phone ring above the noise of a friggin’ CEMENT MIXER!! Ugh.
- So the Customs and Border Patrol people get a tip that stuff is being smuggled on that ship, yet they can’t be bothered to search carefully enough? They just pass over that crappy van with a $20 million (black market price) Jackson Pollock painting in it? Yeah, the ship was massive, with literally tons and tons of cargo. But still. All these breaks just happened to go Chris’ way.
- Giovanni Ribisi as a “ruthless” drug lord? LOL.
- There was just zero suspense in this film. Mark Wahlberg’s character was the only one that had any kind of development at all, and he had no credible nemesis working against him. There was no doubt whatsoever that he would succeed. At least make the damn heist challenging.
- I guess the bad guys in Columbia(?), Panama(?), wherever they were, are so poor that they have to use duct tape to cover their faces rather than dollar store kit caps or nylon stockings.
I had hoped Contraband would be an entertaining popcorn flick with some cool characters, a semi-believable plot, and fast paced action scattered throughout, but I was disappointed on all counts. I give this one 2 stars out of 5.