(No Major Spoilers)
Chris Farraday (played by Mark Wahlberg) is an ex-smuggler, who now leads a legit life after starting his own business. He is happily married to Kate (played by the beautiful Kate Beckinsale) and they have two kids. Everything seems to be cool until Kate’s brother Andy, screws up a smuggling job on a cargo ship. Due to a surprise inspection, Andy is forced to throw away the drugs into the ocean, in order to avoid getting arrested by the Custom officials. This pisses off Andy’s boss Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi) who warns Andy of dire consequences if he doesn’t compensate for the loss. Briggs also threatens to kill Chris’s family. In order to protect his family and Andy, Chris takes matters in his own hands when he decides to run a last contraband, so that he can repay Briggs with the “earnings”.
Contraband is a remake of the 2008 Icelandic film Reykjavík-Rotterdam. The movie has several clichés and a certain degree of predictability. It gave a “been there, done that” feeling, perhaps because I’ve watched several heist movies, which are far more superior in comparison. Those looking for a really intelligent movie will probably end up being disappointed. But overall, I still found Contraband to be a pretty decent thriller. Mark Wahlberg does really well and keeps the viewer engaged. To wrap it up, I’d suggest that you watch this one with little expectations and you’ll probably enjoy it.
Contraband is a good enough one-time watch thriller.