Mark Wahlberg thriller Contraband doesn’t smuggle way past Moviejuice critics

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi and Kate Beckinsdale, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills, and protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord.

STV’s Grant Lauchlan was joined in the Moviejuice studio by film critics Siobhan Synnot and Graeme Virtue.

Grant begun: “For me it had all the elements you would expect in a thriller like this, but it was just a bit too contrived.

“Everything fell into place the way I expected it to fall into place.”

Siobhan responded: “Whenever Mark Wahlberg is smuggling it’s not original material.

“He’s a smuggler who’s on one last job, he’s got a lovely wife and perfect kids, he’s got a little brother-in-law who he has to save.

“And we’ve got Giovanni Ribisi, who is the weasel’s weasel, who is the bad guy, but not really such a threat as he’s up against Kate Beckinsdale as Mark Wahlberg’s wife. You think ‘she’s in Underworld, she could snap him like a twig’!”

Graeme said: “It’s very, very contrived, but at least they get that whole set-up out of the way quite quickly.

“If you’re in the mood for this film at least you know that they’re not going to much about and loiter on the plot intricacies – it’s going to be Mark Wahlberg on a boat in 20 minutes.”

So, what about stars out of five? For Grant, it didn’t sneak past his eyes, as he gave it three, Graeme gave it two and a half, and Siobhan also gave it a three.

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