He's probably the closest thing in films today to Spencer Tracy and here he's stuck in a B-picture with little real surprise where his Chris Farrady is the only one you care about.
Kate Beckinsale plays his wife. You wonder why?
Then you wonder, "Can she even act?"
Not in this film where she's like a super model doing a Pantene commercial.
Giovanni Ribisi is not bad in the film but he's got no real role to play.
Here's how it goes, Chris and his friends are celebrating some wedding or something. Don't follow closely, it never comes up again. And he and his wife and his best friend have to go to the hospital because Kate's brother's gotten beat up.
Why? He ripped off a drug dealer. Chris grew up on the wrong side of the law and has now gone straight.
But the drug dealer tells Chris he better make up for the money the brother-in-law owes him or else he's killing Chris' wife and their kid.
So starts Chris going overseas trying to smuggle and I'll leave it at that.
Ben Foster? I don't think the script ever settled his character and, as an actor, he's all over the map but he's never embarrassing.
Wahlberg really gives a great performance but the script of his film is so bad you wonder if it got so bad due to rewrites or if they rushed to film an early draft.
To me, Mark Wahlberg is one of the best actors today so I would have seen "Contraband" at some point. If you're like like me, you'll find some moments to make it worthwhile. But if you're not a Mark Wahlberg fan, you won't be able to stand this film. I can't remember if it was TBS or TNT that used to show a Friday action movie but this plays like those bad movies that used to show on that cable channel. Usually starred a former athlete trying to act, remember?
So that's my take.
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