By Sr. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.
Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) is a hard working security
expert who installs alarm systems in New Orleans. He’s given up a life of
crime, that is smuggling and drug running. When his wife Kate’s (Kate
Beckinsale) incredibly stupid brother Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) has to dump a
shipment of drugs when customs boards the ship, the drug lord, Tim Briggs
(Giovanni Ribisi), demands millions of dollars in payment anyway, or he will
kill Andy’s family. Chris used to run drugs for Tim and tries to reason with
him. When he cannot reason with him, he returns to smuggling counterfeit US
money from Panama to pay the debt, refusing to run drugs again.
“Contraband” is based on the 2009 Islandic film “Reykjavik-Rotterdam” and is a
fairly exciting action-crime-adventure movie, a kind of Western set in the wild
west of New Orleans where cars, trucks
and ships have replaced horses. Mark Wahlberg is always an easy watch and here
he is a sympathetic character trying to save his wife and two sons, and his
really dumb and self-centered brother-in-law, from being killed by his former
thug associate. Kate and her loser brother Andy don’t seem to have come from
the same family.
are plenty of surprise switch-and-bait plot points to keep you watching, but
somehow I just couldn’t buy the premise except for one major point. The story
reminded me somewhat of Mark Wahlberg’s personal story of moving from a life of
trouble making to a family man, good citizen, and productive member of society.
very little moral behavior in the film unless you count Chris who will do
anything to keep his family safe. After he visits his wife in the hospital
(Chris’ trusted friend smashes her head into the wall and then tries to bury
her alive) we know he has made sure that in one way or another, no one from his
past will bother them again.
mention that this is a really violent movie?
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