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Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) used to be the go-to smuggler: there wasn’t anything he couldn’t get from one border to another with a minimum of fuss, time and effort. Yet those days are over: now Chris is a New Orleans family man with a wife, two kids and a legitimate job as a security-system installer. But then his deadbeat brother, a much-less-adept smuggler, tosses a load of illegal stuff belonging to Chris’s psycho former colleague (Ribisi). Just when he thought he was out…

What follows is a convoluted bit of hogwash involving a Panama-bound cargo ship, several crates’ worth of counterfeit money, plenty of gun-toting gangsters led by a posturing Diego Luna and an ill-treated Jackson Pollock canvas. Contraband looks and feels like something Entourage’s Vincent Chase and his posse might have come up with after bingeing on Michael Mann flicks (an impromptu armoured-truck heist even cribs shamelessly from Heat).

It’s mostly watchable: Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (Jar City, Inhale) keeps things moving at a brisk clip, Wahlberg is his usual charmingly befuddled self, and the unsurprisingly terrible Ribisi – doing a gangland variation on his mentally challenged romantic in The Other Sister – has much less screen time than threatened in pre-release promotions. But none of that changes the fact that the movie amounts to little more than ‘Marky Mark’s South American Vacation’.

By Keith Uhlich
Time Out Doha,


  • Duration: 110
  • Released: Thu, 19 Jan
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
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  • Director: Baltasar Kormákur
  • Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale, Robert Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Lukas Haas, Amber Gaiennie, Kent Jude Bernard

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