Official AVForums Blu-ray Review: Contraband

Simon Crust

Movie Reviewer
Reviewed by Cas Harlow, 3rd May 2012.
There’s nothing wrong with Contraband, per se – it’s not a bad film. Fairly taut and tightly-plotted, packed with tense, suspenseful sequences, and peppered with a few nice action beats, it often feels like a grittier, meaner big brother to 2003’s Italian Job remake, in no small part because here we once again find loveable everyman rogue hero Mark Wahlberg leading a team of mismatched miscreants on an impossible heist job, with a view to out-manoeuvring a dastardly villain. Ditch the minis, change the setting; up the violence and swear-quota to push this into definitive adult territory, et voila!

The trouble is that after his scene-stealing, Oscar-nominated turn in The Departed and his Golden Globe-nominated lead in The Fighter, audiences expected more from his next project; more than just returning to Remake City...


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