“Contraband” steals the spotlight

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

Contraband is the story about Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlburg), an ex-smuggler who must return to the smuggling game to save his family. Bad guy Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi) hires Farraday’s brother-in-law Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) to import drugs from Panama, which goes awry forcing Farraday to use his skills to bail him out.

Storyline is fluid.  Characters work well together.  Wahlburg gives an A rated performance and plays a believable good guy that once was a bad guy character. Ribisi gives his characters depravity and a vile nature, and pulls viewers into the emergency of the situation.

Would rather have waited until being released on DVD to watch it. The film has a more “at home” feel to it rather than a theater movie experience.  The story was predictable and easy to guess, but still had moments that left viewers on the edge of their seats.

Director – Baltasar Kormaker
Actors – Mark Wahlburg, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale
Summary – To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills..

Beauty and the Beast 3D
Director – Gary Trousdale, and Kirk Wise
Actors – Paige O’hara, Robby Bensen, and Richard White
Summary – Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead and discovers her captor to be an enchanted prince.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
Director – Brad Bird
Actors – Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, and Simon Peg
Summary – The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name.

Joyful Noise
Director – Todd Graff
Actors – Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, and Keke Palmer
Summary – G.G. Sparrow faces off with her choir’s newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill, over the group’s direction as they head into a national competition.
(Information provided by imdb.com)

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