Contraband

Contraband
Contraband
  • R
  • 1h 49m
  • 2012
Rotten51%
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Mark Wahlberg stars as legendary smuggler Chris Farraday, who has left his criminal past behind to be with his wife (Kate Beckinsale) and sons. When a ruthless drug kingpin (Giovanni Ribisi) threatens his family, Farraday must summon his old skills and contacts for one last run. Contraband takes you to the cutthroat underground world of international smuggling, and on a thrilling adventure that critics are calling “dynamic, intense and gritty!” – Mark S Allen, CBS/CW-TV (Sacramento)

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten51%
Critics 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.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
Rotten

How this confused and mediocre heist-cum-action movie reached - albeit briefly - the top spot in t...

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Rotten

It's a thriller in which the twists become so absurd that it becomes a kind of caper, but without...

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Adam Woodward
Rotten

Needlessly convoluted subplots and crummy supporting characters suffocate the Farraday dynamic.

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Tom Huddleston
Fresh

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

June 22, 2017
New Yorker
David Denby
Fresh

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

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Lots of suspense, violence, language in smuggling thriller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Contraband is an intense action thriller about a former smuggler (played by Mark Wahlberg) who's forced to go back into business to protect his family. Expect distressing violence: The bad guys beat up and nearly sexually assault the main character's wife, as well as point guns at his tween kids. There's also fighting, shooting, killing, and blood. Language is another major issue, with characters saying either "f--k" or "s--t" literally every couple of minutes. The bad guys smuggle cocaine, and viewers see huge bricks of it; characters are also seen snorting some. A secondary character is a recovering alcoholic who falls off the wagon.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Action
  • Release Date:January 13, 2012
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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