Flash Movie Review: Contraband

Many have heard the line, “Do it because he/she is your family.” And even if we really do not want to do it, we do to keep the peace. What if the relative did something that had dire consequences, if you did not participate? Chris Farraday, played by Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, Boogie Nights), found himself in such a situation. His brother-in-law became involved in a drug deal that went bad and if Chris does not make good on the deal with the brutal drug boss, Tim Briggs played by Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar, The Rum Diary), the brother-in-law would be killed. Farraday left that type of life behind, now married with two children. The story was set up to provide us with conflict, time limits, action and thrills. The issue was the execution of it. Wahlberg is not a great actor and tends to be the same character in each of his movies. With lifeless eyes and monotone diction, he does not have screen presence that pops out at the viewer. This movie had some exciting scenes and is fine for those who just want to sit and see some action. Nothing great, nothing horrible; it is like settling for a fast food burger when you really wanted filet mignon.


2 stars


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 20, 2012, in Thriller and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Have to agree with you. It is sad when you come out of a action movie feeling bored.

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