Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.

Henry David Thoreau

Contraband - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 10:16 PM

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.

A noteworthy mention is the credible performance by Sebastian (Ben Foster), who evokes great thespian depth as he wrestles between light and darkness over his friendship with Chris.  If you are one of those who are numbed by incessant GTA scenes of gun and car action scenes, Foster is the gem that had saved the movie for me.    

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.  



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