"Contraband" is a movie starring Mark Wahlberg ("The Fighter," "The Departed") and Kate Beckinsale ("Underworld" franchise, "The Aviator"). The fast-paced thriller is 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, "X-Men: First Class," "No Country for Old Men"), botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi, "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, "30 Days of Night," "3:10 to Yuma"), Chris quickly assembles a crew that includes their childhood friend Danny Raymer (Lukas Haas, "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, "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, "Y Tu Mamá También," "Milk"), cops and hit men before his wife, Kate (Beckinsale), and his sons become their target.

Nordic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur ("Jar City," "101 Reykjavík") directs "Contraband" from a screenplay by Aaron Guzikowski, based upon the film Reykjavik-Rotterdam written by Arnaldur Indriðason and Óskar Jónasson. Leading the 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 Elísabet 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 Kormákur, Stephen Levinson ("Entourage," "Boardwalk Empire") and Mark Wahlberg. The executive producers are Liza Chasin ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Big Miracle"), Evan Hayes and Bill Johnson ("I Love You, Man").


Runtime: 110 mins.
Release Date: January 13, 2012
Tagline: What would you hide to protect your family?
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Production Companies:
Relativity Media
Working Title
Closest to the Hole

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