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Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) 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 (Ben Foster), for one final run to Panama and back, hoping to return with millions in counterfeit bills. Things quickly fall apart and with only hours to reach the cash, Chris must use his rusty skills… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The result is unlikely to linger long in the memory, but it's enormous fun while it lasts..."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Wahlberg could sleepwalk through this role, and does. See this movie and you'll surely follow his lead."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"We are left to ponder why Andy is any less culpable or any more worth saving than anyone else."
‑ Kenneth R. Morefield, Christianity Today
"Plays like conventional Hollywood genre entertainment even though all the actual events in movie feel like they belong in a Michael Mann joint."
‑ William Bibbiani, CraveOnline
"Mark Wahlberg plays another working class action hero in this gritty but convoluted story about double-dealing smugglers, wharfside corruption and family revenge."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"A winter-season product, but perfectly absorbing once it gets going."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
""Contraband" comes off the factory floor with its engine running and ready to drive. But the ride feels overly familiar."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It may not exactly be an original story, but when a little effort is put into a film like this, it can be done pretty well."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"With its dim lighting and handheld camerawork, the director's 'realistic' visual approach is arguably bogus, but it pays dividends as the narrative becomes increasingly grim."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Mark Wahlberg delivers the goods in Contraband, a B-movie about smuggling in boozy, corrupt New Orleans."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"It's a good, chugging caper movie for the most part."
‑ Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies
"Frankly, Wahlberg has outgrown movies like this. And so have we."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Contraband is a decent action film but none of the cast can do anything to elevate the material beyond what it is: a January movie from top to bottom."
‑ Benjo Colautti, We Got This Covered
"Wahlberg delivers in this sometimes tense, enjoyable, but morally muddy heist thriller."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"A-Team rules apply: this is a gore-free zone that, in common with ye Lethal Weapon movies of yore, yokes family values to gunplay."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
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