Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur
Written by: Aaron Guzikowski (screenplay), Arnaldur Indriðason (film “Reykjavik-Rotterdam“)
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi and Kate Beckinsale
Running Time: 109 mins
Contraband – Blazing Minds Film Review
So there I was sitting with my latte with a twist of mint ready to watch Contraband, now I didn’t know much about the film, except what I had seen from the trailer, which to me seemed a little familiar, so I got comfortable in the leather reclining seat in the @ApolloCinemas Rhyl and got ready to watch the film.
I couldn’t really put my finger on why the film seemed familiar and at first I thought it was that I’d seen so many films in a similar genre that they were slowly melding in to one, then it hit me, “Reykjavík-Rotterdam”!
Yes Contraband is another Hollywood film that has been remade for the English-speaking public, but don’t get me wrong this isn’t a bad thing, the director of Contraband, Baltasar Kormákur, is the star from the original movie.
Ok, we have a movie that finds a husband (Mark Wahlberg) trying to save his family from the villainous Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi) after his brother-in-law dumps a load of drugs off the side of a boat in an attempt to not get caught and so the story goes on.
Mark Wahlberg’s character who is now on the straight and narrow, goes back in to the seedy side of Contraband to try to pay back the debt his brother-in-law has, due to dumping the drugs over board, a trips over to Panama goes wrong and things just don’t go to plan.
At the end of the day Contraband is a thriller not an action movie, it’s slow-paced in parts with several twists that you can see coming a mile away, but it’s still an enjoyable film, not brilliant, but not bad.
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