It must be admitted, however, that in this film, the threatened means of death makes being tied to railroad tracks seem jolly by comparison. Although Chris Farraday Mark Wahlberg , the would-be smuggler, prefers not to deal with drugs, wouldn't you know several kilos of cocaine get mixed in with the deal. That film starred Baltasar Kormakur , who is the director of this one, perhaps as a demonstration that many stars believe they could direct this crap themselves if they ever had the chance. An experienced smuggler, Chris has retired from crime to settle down in married bliss; alas, his wife, Kate Kate Beckinsale , has a brother who has made a mess of a cocaine delivery, and lives are in danger unless the veteran Chris steps in and performs a make-good job. Chris has entrusted an old pal named Sebastian Ben Foster to protect Kate and the children while he's on the job. She may require protection, because a snaky crime lord named Tim Briggs Giovanni Ribisi is the boss of this deal. Let it be said that in this role Ribisi uses the kind of voice that makes you want to smack him, just for talking like that. Chris and a couple of partners sign on as seamen aboard a container ship plying the waves between New Orleans and Panama City. The ship's skipper is J. Yes, the instantly likable actor who played the father in " Juno.
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See the gallery. Chris Faraday once smuggled illegal items or contraband into the country on freighters. He left that life behind, got married, has a family and went legit.
Mark Wahlberg stars as legendary smuggler Chris Farraday, who has left his criminal past behind to be with his wife Kate Beckinsale and sons. When a ruthless drug kingpin Giovanni Ribisi threatens his family, Farraday must summon his old skills and contacts for one last run. This job should be a piece of cake: former smuggler Chris Farraday Mark Wahlberg gets dragged back into the game in order to make things right with a nasty New Orleans gangster Giovanni Ribisi over a debt owed by Chris's brother-in-law. So, Chris needs to smuggle in some goods on a cargo ship from Panama, pay the guy off, and return to a suburban life on the straight and narrow. No problem, right? What's fun about Contraband is that despite its hero's meticulous planning, all hell breaks loose in Panama City, where nothing goes as planned and where the cargo ship is, after all, due to disembark at a certain time, with or without him. No one will mistake it for a classic, but Contraband has enough zip, and a few genuine surprises, to qualify it as a fun diversion. Skip to main content. FREE delivery: Sep 7 - 8 on your first order.