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Contraband

Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) who 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 does best-running contraband-to settle Andy`s debt. Chris is a legendary smuggler and quickly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend, Sebastian Abney (Ben Foster), to head to Panama and return with millions in counterfeit bills. Things quickly fall apart and with only hours to reach the cash, Chris must use his rusty skills to successfully navigate a treacherous criminal network of brutal drug lords, cops and hit men before his wife, Kate (Kate Beckinsale), and sons become their target.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: M18
Release Date: 12 Jan 2012
Genre: Thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour 50 Minutes
Distributor: UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, Caleb Landry Jones, Robert Wahlberg
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Format: NA

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Writer: Daniel Ang

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Watch this if you liked: “The Italian Job” and “The Shooter”

"Contraband" tells the story of ex-drug runner, Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg), who had decided to abandon his life of crime for good, until his brother-in-law, Andy, accepts a drug deal from the mob and gets his family in trouble. Now, it is up to Chris to settle the problem by doing what he used to do best: smuggle drugs. Left with no choice, Chris quickly contacts his best mates and forms a crew together with his best friend, Sebastian, for one last trip to Panama hoping to return with enough cash to pay back Andy's debt.

Firstly, "Contraband" is definitely not for all ages as it contains violent scenes. However, for those who are qualified, it is definitely a movie to watch as it is fast-paced enough not to be dull, and there is enough suspense to keep watching till the end. The movie's cinematography may not be very stylistic, but it helps to deliver a coherent plot and keep things fresh.

The cast of this movie are commendable, but it is not so much their acting than the plot, because the movie's genre does not leave much space for emotion anyway. No doubt that the best part of the movie is the plot, as there are various unexpected twists thrown in as opposed to straightforward action. If you love action, "Contraband" is a movie to watch this year.

Cinema Online, 03 February 2012
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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