Set in the world of off-shore smuggling, Contraband, is the story of Chris Farraday, a man who long ago abandoned his life of crime, opting to live at peace with his wife and two sons. That is until his brother-in-law Andy botches a major drug deal, making Chris come out of retirement to run some contraband in hopes of settling Andy's debt. Contraband wastes no time throwing the viewer into the world of Smuggling. The story is nothing incredibly groundbreaking or original, but it provides a nice, well-paced thriller with a few decent twists and turns. Mark Wahlberg has really found his niche in playing this blue-collar type characters, being completely serviceable and easy to route for. He is surrounded by two great, incredibly underrated character actors in Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Foster, the former being particularly good as ruthless drug boss character. Some of the plot twists and character motivations felt a little bit forced, with the sole intention of simply progressing the story, others felt simply unnatural for the character, but overall this was a totally solid way to kill two hours.
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