Opening in theatres this Friday from director Baltasar Kormakur and Universal Pictures with Relativity Media is “Contraband”.

This film tells the story of Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg), a hard working family man from New Orleans taking care of wife Kate (Kate Beckinsale) and their young boys. Chris’ life hasn’t always been an easy one with family criminal activities so working hard is important.

That is until Kate’s brother Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) gets into trouble with the local drug dealer Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi). Chris tries to cut a deal to protect his brother-in-law but Briggs now holds Chris responsible for the debt. So much so that he threatens Kate and the children.

Chris turns to old friend Sebastian Abney (Ben Foster) to protect his family while he does what he must to save his entire family.

FINAL WORD: Wahlberg as Chris is smart and knows what needs to be done. It is always good to see him on the screen. Once again he holds his own as an action star but I did expect much more acting in this film.

Foster as Sebastian is creepy, predictable, and even more creepy. It wasn’t hard to tell something was up. SPOILER ALERT – yea, predictable in the fact that he would end up being the bad guy. Why you may ask?

Because of Ribisi as Briggs – period. The character of Briggs is mindless and doesn’t seem capable of putting anything big into motion. At least nothing as big as almost a million dollars of cocaine. I really do like Ribisi – except when I don’t, and here I don’t.

This isn’t a big role for Beckinsale but her presence does add to the intensity of the story line. Most are waiting for her to return to the screen in UNDERWORLD AWAKENINGS later this month.

Other cast include: Lukas Haas as Danny Raymer, Kent Jude Bernard as Tommy Raymer, Jim Church as David O’Hara, Jackson Beals as Desmond, Jacqueline Fleming as Jeannie and Jason Mitchell as Walter.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Contraband” three tubs of popcorn out of five. I truly did enjoy the film but with that being said it is slow paced, predictable and not the action I would have thought.

In the end – what would you hide to protect your family.

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