Monday, January 23, 2012


“To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.” So says IMDB. And so say I. I do like that this summary is missing something though. Am I going to tell you what? Nope.

My expectations for Contraband were a tad low so I can appreciate the fact that I ended up liking it. Granted, it’s a no-brain-required action/crime/thriller. It’s nice to not have to think every once in a while. I did guess who all was with the bad guys early on so be warned; the predictability is somewhat high. Fortunately, the oh-so-kind movie folks actually left some details out of the trailer. I love it when they do that. No sarcasm intended.

The acting was okay save for a couple of characters. Giovanni Ribisi as the drug lord, Tim Briggs, was so incredibly annoying. Minus the guns and bodyguards I don’t think I would ever take someone like him seriously; which begs the question, how did Tim get his position of power in the first place? He really is not the sharpest tool in the shed. The other two characters/actors who annoyed me were Andy (the brother-in-law), played by Caleb Landry Jones and Danny, played by Lukas Haas. The former was an idiot who should have talked things over with someone else instead of making his own decisions. The latter was a big whiner.

I did like Kate Beckinsale’s character, Kate Farraday. She does attempt to stand up for herself. Unfortunately, she’s going head to head with guys who are stronger than she is. I loved that she refused to put herself and her children in a car whose driver had been drinking. Thank you for that PSA in the middle of the film.

This film is rated R for good reason but here comes the breakdown anyway. Sorta.

Sex/Nudity – I don’t think so but I honestly don’t remember. Sad but true.

Cussing – Most definitely.

Drinking/Drugs – Yes, to the drinking and of course, to the drugs. The story involves a drug lord.

Violence – Yes. People get shot or beat up. Kate gets smacked around.

If you like action/crime/thriller-type movies you’ll probably like this. If you like Mark Wahlberg movies you’ll probably like this. If you like Kate Beckinsale movies you’ll probably like this but you’ll probably want to jump on-screen and smack the bad guys. I’m just sayin’.

I didn’t stick around to see if there was anything during/after the credits. I had yet another movie to watch.

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