When his teenage brother-in-law falls foul of a dangerous drug dealer (Ribisi), former smuggler Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) comes out of retirement to pull one last job, attempting to smuggle millions of dollars’ worth of forged banknotes from Panama.
It’s not exactly put-your-manicurist-on-danger-money time, and Kate Beckinsale’s role is shamefully underwritten (especially for an actress capable of carrying a franchise), but Contraband is a cut above cookie-cutter heist thrillers, and director Baltasar Kormákur looks ready for the big time.
Reviewed by David Hughes
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