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A movie directed by Baltasar Kormákur

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I bet you guess the plot twists before they happen

  • Jan 19, 2012
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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 and already knew what was going to happen long before the characters did. There is not a lot of acting involved, and there is more chemistry between Mark Wahlberg and Giovanni Ribisi than there is between Mark and Kate Beckinsale which is rather sad. I like Ben Foster but the minute his character appears you know exactly what is going to happen and that he is not a good guy. But that is like I said earlier, there are no surprises. There have been many actions films made and they all do have a formula. But you do hope to go in and find a little something new or surprising when you go to see one. I didn't hate the movie, I didn't love it. I just kind of liked it. Its like spending time with a distant cousin when you were a kid. You liked spending the time with them but were in no hurry to do it again.

Like the movie poster suggests.  Its obvious they stuffed lots of money into Marks pants to have him make this movie.

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January 22, 2012
agreed on all points. I was entertained, but this was very forgettable.
January 20, 2012
Great! You may have just saved me some $$$, thanks! :D
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I am a retired Federal employee. I worked for 34 years for the Civil Service. When I retired I was working at The Library of Congress in Washington DC. I was able to retire at a somewhat young age of … more
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