Screen Junkies » Contraband http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:36:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Contraband http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/contraband/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/contraband/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:21:57 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241137 Director: Baltasar Kormákur Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale Synopsis: To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills. Release Date:...

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Director: Baltasar Kormákur

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale

Synopsis: To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.

Release Date: January 13, 2012

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“Marky Mark” Wahlberg’s 7 Most Mediocre Action Films http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/marky-mark-wahlbergs-7-most-mediocre-action-films/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/marky-mark-wahlbergs-7-most-mediocre-action-films/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:04:28 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=242213 They aren't awful, but they sure aren't good.

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It’s no news Mark Wahlberg has had a bizarre and impressive career throughout his life. We’ve known him as everything from Marky Mark, to Monk D, to Dirk Diggler. And on top of being a famous musician and actor, he’s starred in a mob of successful, award winning films like The Fighter and The Departed. But he doesn’t always hit the mark on his film choices. And with his new Counterfeit Gangster film Contraband coming out Friday, let’s take a look at some of his other Action/Crime films that have slipped through the cracks.

Max Payne (2008)

Being a fan of the games, I was excited to see Wahlberg play Max Payne. Unfortunately, it just didn’t quite hit the…mark. In fact, given the talent involved, I will go as far as to say it was a bad movie. I’ll keep the logline simple: When Max Payne’s family dies from a massive conspiracy, he joins a hot assassin to find answers. If that doesn’t entice you to watch, you’re not alone. John Moore, who directed the fun-but-throwaway Behind Enemy Lines, managed to get the look of the games down, and Mila Kunis was fun to watch, but other than that, Max Payne is a laughable piece of action schlock that will be forgotten, and for good reason. On another note, Max Payne 3 comes out soon, and that will be an awesome game.

Shooter (2007)

If Shooter came out in 1987, it’d be remembered as a great action movie. Instead, it came out 20 years later, after we’ve seen this story five-billion times.  Wahlberg plays a sniper who becomes wrongfully accused for trying to snipe the president. Naturally, there’s a conspiracy he unravels with the help of an FBI Agent (Michael Pena), blah blah blah blah. I’m not going to say Shooter is a bad movie, but it’s certainly not a good one. It moves well and has some decent action, and Danny Glover‘s mustache twirling villainy warrants a few smirks, but unless you’ve got NOTHING to do, I’d skip it.

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‘Contraband’ Trailer Pulls Mark Wahlberg Back In http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/contraband-trailer-pulls-mark-wahlberg-back-in/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/contraband-trailer-pulls-mark-wahlberg-back-in/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:25:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=230600 Also features a semi-dressed Kate Beckinsale.

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If Mark Wahlberg overpowers you and puts a gun to your head while warning you not to harm his wife and kid, the last thing you should up and do is harm his wife or kid. Obviously Giovanni Ribisi didn’t get that memo. Here he is in this Contraband trailer harming wives and kids like nobody’s business. Get a clue, guy.

The trailer also features a short montage of Kate Beckinsale getting dressed. I don’t want to tell you trailer editors how to do your job, but you might want to consider playing that footage backward. And slowly. Oh yeah, that’s more like it.

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J.K. Simmons Secures Some Of Wahlberg’s ‘Contraband’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/j-k-simmons-secures-some-of-wahlbergs-contraband/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/j-k-simmons-secures-some-of-wahlbergs-contraband/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:58:51 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201676 J.K. Simmons, a man who can play a newspaper editor and a neo-Nazi jailhouse rapist equally well, has signed on for his next roll.

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J.K. Simmons, a man who can play a newspaper editor and a neo-Nazi jailhouse rapist equally well, has signed on for his next roll. Luckily(?) sexual assault isn’t in the cards this time. Simmons revealed to the A.V. Club that he will be joining Mark Wahlberg in Contraband, and that he’ll be playing a captain. With no more information given, I’ll just assume it’s a captain of the kangaroo variety. And if that turns out to be wrong, God help the theatergoers sitting next to me.

Contraband also stars Ben Foster, Kate Beckinsale, and Giovani Ribisi. The film follows a security guard and former smuggler (Wahlberg) who, facing financial troubles, is roped back into his old life. It’s looking less likely that a kangaroo captain will be crucial to the plot. The film doesn’t open until March 16, 2012, so I’ll keep my legs crossed until then. Or is it fingers?

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Couple Of Bros Broin’ Around On ‘Contraband’ Set http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/couple-of-bros-broin-around-on-contraband-set/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/couple-of-bros-broin-around-on-contraband-set/#comments Fri, 04 Feb 2011 22:22:36 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=24958 Don't worry about these spy photos from the set of Contraband giving away any major details. Unless you consider a couple of bros hanging in a truck a major detail.

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As a guy who spends 70% of his day looking at pictures of Kate Beckinsale, these Beckinsale-less Contraband set photos are a real punch in the gut. You don’t have to worry about them  giving away any major details. Unless you consider Mark Wahlberg and Lukas Haas disobeying Louisiana state traffic laws a major detail. The actors can be seen broin’ out in the back of a mud-spotted pick-up truck. They’re just asking for a ticket if they insist on traveling that way.

They’re more than likely discussing an “Entourage” role for Haas. I’m sure the writers would be willing to write an especially spindly character into the plot. He could be the anti-Turtle. (JustJared)

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Ben Foster and Giovanni Ribisi Caught With ‘Contraband’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-foster-and-giovanni-ribisi-caught-with-contraband/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-foster-and-giovanni-ribisi-caught-with-contraband/#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 23:50:32 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=10823 Ben Foster and Giovanni Ribisi are close to joining the cast of Contraband, Variety is reporting. If the deal goes through, the pair will join Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale, who have already been cast in the thriller.

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Ben Foster and Giovanni Ribisi are close to smuggling their way into the cast of Contraband, Variety is reporting. If the deal goes through, the pair will join Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale, who have already been cast in the thriller.

The film, a remake of a 2009 Icelandic film about a security guard who is dragged back in to his former life of crime, is being directed by Baltasar Kormakur, who also co-wrote, produced and starred in the original. Without question, it is the finest Icelandic film I’ve ever come across. No, really. It wins, hands down.

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Kate Beckinsale Joins A ‘Contraband’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kate-beckinsale-joins-a-contraband/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kate-beckinsale-joins-a-contraband/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Mark Wahlberg's Reykjavik-Rotterdam remake now has a lovely lady amongst its ranks. Kate Beckinsale has joined the cast of Contraband. The film centers on a former smuggler turned security guard who is pulled back in when he can't resist the opportunity to traffic stolen goods. 2009 Black List scribe Aaron Guzikowski is on script duties, with the star of the original, Baltasar Kormakur, handling the direction. There's no word on what role Beckinsale will play in the film, but I'm more interested in what she's smuggling, if you know what I'm saying. Boobs. (Latino Review)

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Mark Wahlberg‘s Reykjavik-Rotterdam remake now has a lovely lady amongst its ranks. Kate Beckinsale has joined the cast of Contraband. The film centers on a former smuggler turned security guard who is pulled back in when he can’t resist the opportunity to traffic stolen goods. 2009 Black List scribe Aaron Guzikowski is on script duties, with the star of the original, Baltasar Kormakur, handling the direction.

There’s no word on what role Beckinsale will play in the film, but I’m more interested in what she’s smuggling, if you know what I’m saying.

Boobs. (Latino Review)

 

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