Monday, June 4, 2012

"Contraband" Review

    Mark Wahlberg in another generic action movie. Who would've guessed? This is Contraband!

    So, this time around, Mark Wahlberg play Chris Farraday, a family man who used to be a former smuggler with his friend Sebastian (Ben Foster). When his wife's (Kate Beckinsdale) brother (Caleb Landry Jones) screws up his own smuggling job for bad guy Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi), Farraday has to do one last job in order to get the money back.
    It's a plot we've all heard so many times before. And Contraband is one of those movies we've seem so many times before. Contraband is, for the most part, just fine. There really isn't mch more to say. It's one of those movies where it exists only to help kill a couple hours before you go to your sister's wedding. It's two hours of comfort food. Mark Wahlberg gets shot at, acts like a tough guy, run around a lot. and he;s good at it. You want to see him succeed, not so much because you care about the story, but because he's Mark Wahlberg, he's the hero and you need to root for someone in these next two hours.

The contraband is paper. How interesting.
     Ribisi is fine as the villain. In fact everyone is just fine in their roles. No one does anything all that special. The twist have all been done before, the action scenes are nothing new. Hell, it even has J.K. Simmons, who seems to be in everything now. Look, I'm sorry that this is such a short review, but there really isn't anything else to really say. The only real noteworthy thing is that the movie pretty slow and boring in the first hour or so. It picks up after that though, so it's all good.
    And, ya, that's about it. Contraband is a movie that exists only to fill space. It does nothing new or interesting, but it also isn't offensively bad or terribly boring. It's entertaining enough to keep you watching. And, sometimes, that's all you need. Contraband gets 3 and a half stars out of 6.
    So, huh...
    Oh, hey, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel is now called Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. That's cool, right? Right.

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