Mark Wahlberg as Chris Farraday and Ben Foster as Sebastian Abney in Universal Pictures' CONTRABAND. Picture © 2011 and courtesy of Universal Pictures. All rights reserved.

Contraband (2012)

Opened: 01/13/2012 Wide

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Genre: Action/Thriller

Rated: R for violence, pervasive language and brief drug use.


MARK WAHLBERG (The Fighter, The Departed) and KATE BECKINSALE (Underworld series, The Aviator) lead the cast of Contraband, a fast-paced thriller about a man trying to stay out of a world he worked hard to leave behind, and the family he'll do anything to protect.

Legendary smuggler Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) had abandoned his life of crime to settle into a life of comfortable domesticity with his wife and their two young sons. But after his brother-in-law, Andy (CALEB LANDRY JONES of X-Men: First Class, No Country for Old Men), botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs (GIOVANNI RIBISI of Avatar, Public Enemies), Chris is forced back into doing what he does better than anyone--running contraband--to settle Andy's debt.

With the help of his best friend, Sebastian Abney (BEN FOSTER of 30 Days of Night, 3:10 to Yuma), Chris quickly assembles a crew that includes their childhood friend Danny Raymer (LUKAS HAAS of Inception, Brick) to head to Panama and return with millions in counterfeit bills. They must pull this off under the suspicious eyes of the ship's captain (J.K. SIMMONS of Juno, Young Adult), whose long history with Chris' father makes him suspect the younger Farraday of even shadier dealings.

Things quickly fall apart, and with only hours to reach the cash, Chris must use his skills to successfully navigate a treacherous criminal network of brutal Panamanian drug runners such as Gonzalo (DIEGO LUNA of Y Tu Mama Tambien, Milk), cops and hit men before his wife, Kate (Beckinsale), and his sons become their target. Nordic filmmaker BALTASAR KORMAKUR (Jar City, 101 Reykjavik) directs Contraband from a screenplay by AARON GUZIKOWSKI, based upon the film Reykjavik-Rotterdam written by ARNALDUR INDRIDASON and OSKAR JONASSON.

Leading Contraband's behind-the-scenes team is a top-notch crew that includes director of photography BARRY ACKROYD (The Hurt Locker, United 93), production designer TONY FANNING (Brothers, Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay), editor ELISABET RONALDS (Reykjavik-Rotterdam, Jar City), costume designer JENNY EAGAN (About Fifty, Order Up) and composer CLINTON SHORTER (District 9, Normal).

The film is produced by Working Title's TIM BEVAN and ERIC FELLNER (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Frost/Nixon), as well as Baltasar Kormakur, STEPHEN LEVINSON (television's Entourage, Boardwalk Empire) and Mark Wahlberg.

Contraband's executive producers are LIZA CHASIN (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Big Miracle), EVAN HAYES and BILL JOHNSON (I Love You, Man).