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Genres Thriller Action
Running Time 110 min
Release Date Jan 13, 2012
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Chris Farraday 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, 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, 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… Show more

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Jan. 12, 2012 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris, Globe Staff

The ads for “Contraband’’ have Mark Wahlberg lifting his shirt just enough for us to see stacks of cash strapped to his torso. But putting money around Wahlberg’s abs is redundant. Fortunately, the image doesn’t repeat itself in the finished movie. He spends a lot of “Contraband’’ shirted, intense, and on a barge full of shipping containers, trying to smuggle much counterfeit cash into New Orleans, where his character, a reformed crook named Chris, installs residential security systems. That’s such a specific job for a crook to have that you know the screenwriters cooked it up in order to use it later on. It’s the same thing with putting the hothead Ben Foster, who plays Sebastian, Chris’s best friend and former smuggling partner, on the wagon. How long until he falls off?

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