Some say a leopard never changes its spots.
For Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg), a former legendary smuggler, he had failed to ditch his connections despite having cleaned up his act.
His crack in the wall - a member from his own litter, a bored and reckless brother-in-law.
His panacea - back to his familiar hunting turf of smuggling counterfeit bills.
The non-stop action in CONTRABAND rolls 110 minutes altogether. There are neither the machine-gun dialogues like that in Sherlock Holmes nor the intriguing WHAT-THE-HELL-HAPPENED??? plot twists of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. As long as you suspend your disbelief, the all-too-coincidental action scenes will be a breeze.
What about sexy Kate Beckinsale from the UNDERWORLD franchise? She may be eye-candy as kick-ass vampire killer in the previous, here as Chris' wife, her character is a mere blood-splattered wallpaper.
All in all, if you are looking for a brainless action-packed session, CONTRABAND is a fitting choice to unwind after a very stressful day at work. 3/5 stars from me.