Theatrical Release: January 13, 2012


Mark Wahlberg leads the cast of Contraband, a fast-paced thriller about a man trying to stay out of a world he worked so hard to leave behind and the family he’ll do anything to protect. Set in New Orleans, the film explores the cutthroat underground world of international smuggling–full of desperate criminals and corrupt officials, high-stakes and big payoffs–where loyalty rarely exists and death is one wrong turn away. Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy (Caleb Landry Jones), botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi), Chris is forced back into doing what he does best– running contraband–to settle Andy’s debt. Chris is a legendary smuggler and quickly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend, Sebastian (Ben Foster), for one final run to Panama and back, hoping to return with millions in counterfeit bills. Things quickly fall apart and with only hours to reach the cash, Chris must use his rusty skills to successfully navigate a treacherous criminal network of brutal drug lords, cops and hit men before his wife, Kate (Kate Beckinsale), and sons become their target.

Dove Review

The story is intriguing as Mark Wahlberg plays Chris Farraday who abandoned his life of crime years ago but who re-enters the world of the underground in order to get his brother-in-law out of a serious jam. This fast-paced thriller showcases a cat-and-mouse chase and the tide switching back and forth as not only Chris is in jeopardy but also the lives of his wife and kids. Someone is sneaky in betrayal and Chris must learn quickly who it is or face an early death.

Despite an interesting storyline, the move regrettably is filled with strong language and violence as well as strong drug content and can’t receive our Dove Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Passionate kissing by a couple; a man attempts to kiss a married woman and move her into another room.
Language: A ton of language including the F word uttered over and over including in front of a young girl and profanities such as GD and "J".
Violence: Strong violence in several scenes with bloody results; a man crashes into a car on purpose; a gun is held on various characters and a man is told his brains will be blown out; a man is shot and blood is sprayed on window of vehicle and seen on man; a small explosive is placed on a truck and explodes; a man's neck is seen bleeding; police and bad guys shoot it out; a character is slapped around; blood cleaned off wall and in van; man seen with a bloody nose.
Drugs: A character sniffs cocaine; drinking and smoking; bar scenes; a character is carrying over ten pounds of cocaine.
Nudity: Shirtless man; woman in lingerie; cleavage; a statue of a naked woman which shows her torso.
Other: A character vomits; betrayal.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Aaron Guzikowski & Arnaldur Indri├░ason
Producer: Tim Bevan
Genre: Action
Runtime: 110 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter