Excerpt: Chris Farraday is a former criminal who was mostly known for his excellent skills in smuggling goods past customs. However, he’s left that career path, decided instead to go straight, and now works as a security expert while enjoying his days together with his wife Kate and his two kids.
Excerpt: For some odd reason I draw a parallel between the careers of Mark Wahlberg and Adam Sandler. I really don’t know why. No, Wahlberg didn’t make a movie about a golfer who thought he was a hockey player and Sandler hasn’t played a gun-toting thug.
Excerpt: Super on-screen smuggler Marky Mark employs his skills in Contraband , almost to unbelievable proportions. With little time to go before an inspections crew raids the ship containing Wahlberg’s illicit goods, he concocts a scheme involving physics, salt, cocaine, weight ratios, bundles of money, and...
Conclusion: 'Contraband' will never be listed as one of the high points of Mark Wahlberg's career, but this taut thriller puts some fresh spins on a tired premise and ends up an entertaining, nicely executed adventure yarn.
Excerpt: The lead actor from the original film, Baltasar Kormakur, takes over directing duties in this version which hops between New Orleans and Panama. Wahlberg is Bryce, a former smuggler who’s gone legit, installing home security systems and with his long-time buddy Sebastian (Ben Foster - was he still...
Excerpt: The Film Good looks, good body, and a good stare; Mark Wahlberg has all of the makings of an action star. So why are so many of his action flicks so mediocre? Contraband is another notch is Wahlberg's action utility belt.
Conclusion: Here we go again. Bad film, great AV presentation. While Contraband will certainly find its way into its fans' hands (as camp-splitting actioners so easily do), it could have been much, much better.
Excerpt: You've got to give it to Mark Wahlberg, who seems to have stumbled into one of the steadiest careers in Hollywood through sheer force of will. He managed to leave his underwear model and rapper days behind through a tight friendship with David O.