Contraband starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale is an action flick that doesnt follow any unique path. The movie has the pattern of a typical hollywood smuggler movie. The twists and turns are familiar as we have seen these kind of narrations in tv shows and similar other movies.
Chris Farraday is an ex smuggler and now he is doing the business of security systems. One day his wife’s brother Andy gets into trouble when he throws away illegal stuff in the sea to escape from the coast guard. Briggs, the one behind the gang who wants the stuff threatens to take his life. Chris comes into help Andy to get out of the situation. Chris gets a deadline of 2 weeks time from Briggs to repay him the money. As the amount is too high and as his families security is in trouble, Chris decides to get back into his old uniform, Smuggling. The story revolves around how Chris manages to get the money, how he keeps his family safe.
The problem I felt with Contraband is that it is a predictable one. The only scene I felt as really interesting is the last scene involving the picture. The rest of the story has a predictable formula structure. The hidden agendas of some characters were visible at the beginning itself.
Performance wise every one delivered it neatly. I loved the make over of Giovanni Ribisi who is famous for his geeky avatar in the FRIENDS TV show. He delivered it in a memorable way.
Technically, the directiobn is convincing and the script is not fresh. The script doesnt have much lag, but the lack of solid dialogs makes the script a little sloppy at times. Cinematography showed some hiccups here n there.
Overall, Contraband is a movie that has watchable content which can not be called as fresh. It is surely a watchable movie. My rating for director Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband is 2.5 /5. Just a time pass movie which wont find a place in your heart.

Final Thoughts


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.

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