Nick Schager Reviews Contraband

Heist, swindle, and other like-minded genre films thrive or flounder on the mechanics of their story’s dangerously elaborate scheme, a fact ably proven by Contraband, a tale of high-seas smuggling without a clever thought in its leaden, derivative head. Aaron Guzikowski’s script, based on a 2008 Icelandic thriller which starred this film’s director, Baltasar Kormákur, is a mélange of moments any avid filmgoer has experienced myriad times before, beginning with super-smuggler Chris (Mark Wahlberg) having a blissful time with family and friends at a wedding interrupted by a proposition to get back into the business he shunned years earlier for domestic normalcy.

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