A former smuggler (Mark Wahlberg) is forced back into the game to settle his brother-in-law's debt to a ruthless drug lord (Giovanni Ribisi).
" Contraband has a few moments of tension, but it adheres to a predictable heist formula hardly worth trafficking in. "
" Everyone needs a little action now and then, right? Unfortunately, a little action is all you'll get. "
" Contraband is a film to be remembered, vaguely. "
" "Contraband" comes off the factory floor with its engine running and ready to drive. But the ride feels overly familiar. "
" It's like an exciting police procedural turned on its head. "
" In order to pay it forward, Wahlberg needs to direct it somewhere else, and on and on, until every country has a version of this thing. "
" Whether he's slowing down time or ignoring its rules altogether, Mr. Kormakur's eccentric pacing brings its own dividends, as does what really gets him going in the film. "
" Though it never quite has us by the lapels, the film is a solid, workmanlike action flick. "
" Frankly, Wahlberg has outgrown movies like this. And so have we. "
" "Contraband" aims to be dumb fun but gets only the first half right. "
" The result is unlikely to linger long in the memory, but it's enormous fun while it lasts... "
" "Contraband" is like an "Ocean's Eleven" movie, minus the glamour. "
" It's a good, chugging caper movie for the most part. "
" And then there's the predictability of the "surprise" villain; I won't spoil it here, but if you don't guess who it is well before the reveal, then I sincerely hope you enjoyed seeing your very first movie. "
" It's a so-so heist actioner with some serviceable thrills and better-than-average stunt work that hangs on a formula plot punctuated with fits of disturbing violence aimed at women. "
" Wahlberg could sleepwalk through this role, and does. See this movie and you'll surely follow his lead. "
" A winter-season product, but perfectly absorbing once it gets going. "
" This very gritty bit of greased action does a decent job of shaking the sluggish out of January. "
" This is an uncommonly well-crafted action adventure, or an action misadventure, given how much goes wrong for the resourceful hero. "
" If you enjoy watching Mark Wahlberg do that action-movie thing he does, you could do worse than to spend your next plane ride watching Contraband. "
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