First Action-Packed Contraband Trailer Sends Mark Wahlberg Back Into a Life of Crime
09.30.11 by Ryan
Mark Wahlberg's acting follow-up to the highly lauded The Fighter is the remake of Contraband, which sees him as a former smuggler who is dragged back into the business to help out his brother-in-law (Caleb Landry Jones) settle a debt.
Contraband is based on the 2008 Icelandic thriller Reykjavík-Rotterdam, Wahlberg spoke about the movie's plot back in March.
Yeah, it’s a remake of an Icelandic film, and I play a guy who was a world-class smuggler and who’s left that world behind for his wife and children. My younger brother-in-law gets in trouble in the merchant marine world and has some very shady people after him, so I go back for one last run to fix this problem for him. We’ve been having a lot of fun, shooting it down-and-dirty very much like The Fighter. But it’s very different from my performance in The Fighter. There’s a lot of energy, excitement, and humor.
If Wahlberg's words were not enough, there's also the official synopsis as well.
Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy (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), 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.
Contraband written by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Baltasar Kormákur, who produced and starred in the Icelandic original. The cast includes J.K. Simmons and Lukas Haas.