Contraband looks like a pretty formulaic, by-the-numbers action flick. It’s got all the basic cliches lined up beautifully — the bad guy who’s turned over a new leaf, the sweet wife, the menacing bad guy who threatens the newly good guy’s family, and a gang of misfits who put together a heist. It’s got ‘splosions-a-plenty, women in their underpants, and lots of guns.
There is, quite honestly, very little you haven’t seen before. Hell, Mark Wahlberg, who plays the good guy, has played this role a few times already — he can probably do it in his sleep. That said, there are a couple of x-factors. Icelandic actor/writer/producer Baltasar Kormákur directed it, and it’s got a hell of a supporting cast, including Ben Foster (who Hollywood should make happen, but it ain’t really happening for some reason), Giovanni Ribisi as the bad guy, J.K. Simmons, Lukas Haas, Diego Luna, and Kate Beckinsale as the dutiful wife who is, for once, not clad in a black vinyl catsuit. Beckinsale aside (because seriously, she’s not good. Not since her Last Days of Disco and Cold Comfort Farm days, anyway), that’s a damn fine cast. So who knows.
Watch the trailer.
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