Friday, January 20, 2012
Contraband Review - 2.5 Stars
Mark Wahlberg thriller. He’s a former smuggler called back into the life when his brother in law screws up a deal and owes a bad guy a fortune. Giovanni Ribisi plays the character in question and he’s very believable–especially when he’s threatening Wahlberg’s pretty wife Kate Beckinsale. “Contraband” gives a plum role to the great character actor J.K. Simmons (of “the Closer” and “Juno” among others). Simmons plays a crooked boat captain angered by the thought of not getting a cut of anything untoward on his vessel. “Contraband” throws a wonderful twist into the plot, including unseen sides of several major characters. The mix makes it fun to watch. Does it deliver what it promises? Crime caper with a twist. Is it entertaining? Good cast and plot. Is it worth the price of admission? For fun.