2 1/2 Stars
Playing a reformed cargo smuggler sucked back into the game,
And a reliable star he is.
Audiences develop relationships with actors over time, through good scripts and bad; this one's neither good nor bad, exactly. But Wahlberg has the presence, the glower and the laconic line readings to guide us through a mess of pain, painlessly.
The faces you remember in "Contraband," however, belong to two of the more indelible character actors
in modern movies -- not the most versatile, but when the roles call for it, the skeeziest.
Foster and Ribisi beady-eyeing everybody in the same picture! It's almost more weaseling than one picture can take.
The earlier film's settings were
The low-level strengths of the picture, its stripped-down budget and rough-edged milieu, are brought out and then undercut by Kormakur's penchant for hand-held telephoto lensing and jib-jab cutting. The technique is in the interest of you-are-there immediacy and tension, but before long the camera movements play like tics and affectation. It's a pretty crazy and overstuffed story anyway, though Wahlberg acquits himself forcefully and well. And yet Farraday's just another piece of plot. Maybe we all are. But movies like "Contraband" aren't really into existentialism; they're about what happens when twitchy, raging character men like Foster and Ribisi, along with stalwart under-player
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