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review by . January 14, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
A Thrill-Ride On Some Levels On A Tired Genre....
I cannot believe sometimes how often movie remakes get made; I admit that some remakes have gotten better, and some have even surpassed the quality of the original. I wasn’t exactly expecting much with director Baltasar Kormakur’s remake of the 2009 Icelandic crime drama “Reykjavik-Rotterdam” called “Contraband”; and I didn’t get much out of it either. The film is pretty entertaining in its own way and is better than most standard action crime dramas; but …
review by . January 19, 2012
I just saw Contraband on Friday. When a movie poster shows Mark Wahlberg with a gun, lifting his shirt, exposing his stomach with dollar bills stuffed in the top of his pants you have to know what to expect. This isn't going to be any classic. So I went in knowing it was not going to be a great film. It also wasn't a really bad film either. It was just what I expected and very predictable. There are several plot twists as expected. The only bad thing is you saw them coming from a mile away …
review by . January 12, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
A former thief must commit one last job in order to look after and protect his family, coming out this week Mark Wahlberg stars in The Italian Job. Wait no, that knock off came out in 2003 and was based off a 1969 movie, this knock off is based off a 2008 Icelandic movie. Contraband is actually directed by the star of the original movie, so at least with a larger budget and the experience of working on the same story before the crew should be able to make a well done movie. At its …
review by . January 14, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Reykjavik-Rotterdam was a 2009 Icelandic crime thriller that never received a wide release in the U.S., apart from a few screenings at film festivals. The star of the film, Baltasar Kormákur, now serves as the director and producer of its American remake, Contraband. On the basis of the end results, perhaps it isn’t always a good idea to let someone intimately familiar with a concept have a hand at bringing it to the big screen. The …
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