Posts Tagged ‘Mark Wahlberg’
Tags: Anthony Mackie, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris, Ken Jeong, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Bay, Pain and Gain
Tags: Allen Hughes, Broken City, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe
Tags: Baltasar Kormákur, Ben Foster, Contraband, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale, Mark Wahlberg
The film follows Chris Farraday (Wahlberg), a former prodigy of the smuggling business who went clean to start a family. He has to go back into the business, however, when his brother-in-law gets caught up in a botched smuggling job of his own. It’s a fairly predictable storyline with laughable plot twists and several caricatures. But this B-movie actually has higher aspirations. The most foremost compliment to Wahlberg’s charm is the supporting cast, and most notably Ben Foster. Already receiving critical acclaim for his roles in The Messenger and Rampart, Foster delivers another powerhouse performance as an overly protective best friend with secrets of his own. Where Wahlberg is the heart of Contraband, Foster may be the brains. And as a one-two punch, they make Contraband engaging and nerve-wracking in the best of ways, making it one of the better January releases I’ve seen in a while.