Contraband (2012)

Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy (Caleb Landry Jones), botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi), Chris is forced back into doing what he… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 13, 2012
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's more entertaining than your average January action thriller, but that isn't enough to excuse Contraband's lack of originality and unnecessarily convoluted plot.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

The result is unlikely to linger long in the memory, but it's enormous fun while it lasts...

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Wahlberg could sleepwalk through this role, and does. See this movie and you'll surely follow his lead.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

[Contraband] moves along nicely, assisted by the inclusion of real bad guys, nasty enough to provide a decent level of jeopardy and the easy, cheeky camaraderie between Wahlberg and his gang.

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David Denby
New Yorker

A winter-season product, but perfectly absorbing once it gets going.

Tom Long
Detroit News

"Contraband" comes off the factory floor with its engine running and ready to drive. But the ride feels overly familiar.

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Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today

We are left to ponder why Andy is any less culpable or any more worth saving than anyone else.

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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies

It's a good, chugging caper movie for the most part.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Frankly, Wahlberg has outgrown movies like this. And so have we.

Jeff Beck

It may not exactly be an original story, but when a little effort is put into a film like this, it can be done pretty well.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Not particularly spectacular, but entertaining enough smuggler thriller that's engaging enough once it truly gets going.
Bruce Bruce
Another great film with Mark Wahlberg in, Movie is full of action, drama and excitment. Worth watching anytime. 4 1/2 stars
Christian C
A good action film with lots of twists, although none are especially striking. Wahlberg continues to disappoint by playing a tough guy role when he… More
JY Skacto
There is nothing new about Baltasar Kormakur's <i>Contraband</i>, but it has enough to moderately satisfy.<p>Spanning a good 105 minutes,… More
Dean King
A good mix of action, heist and thriller with a good cast line-up make this a better than average film. It didn't have anything particularly new or… More
Dead Angel
Kate Beckinsale's character was quite different over here. Took me a while to accept it since I've seen her different in Underworld. This movie was… More