Contraband is a crime thriller based on the story of a reformed smuggler who goes back into this vicious circle of smuggling inorder to save his dear ones. Mark Wahlberg plays the role of Chris Farraday who used to be a smuggler and is pushed to take up a smuggling assignment to clear up the mess created by his Brother-in-law Andy (Celeb Landry Jones). Andy goofed up a cocaine delivery project for Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi) a gangster due to which Tim threatens Andy to cover up for the mess up done by him else he will take onto his family.
To help his Brother-in-law and to save his family, Chris agrees to compensate for the chaos created by Andy. He plans to smuggle fake dollars to US and for this job he makes a crew of people who are totally different from each other. His plan backfires when he lands in Panama and is forced to get in touch with crime lord Gonzalo (Diego Luna) to buy fake dollar bills. Behind all this Tim Briggs creates a different twist by compelling Andy to buy drugs with Chriss money.
By the time Chris realizes that he is being used as a hostage to handle contraband it gets too late.
Technically the film doesnt have much to offer except few good action sequences in the second half. The reason why Contraband wont do that great on the Box-office is its weak editing because by the time story comes in momentum its already second half. Audiences will get hooked on to the twists and turns after the intermission but first half seems to be dragged and boring. Performances are not too great but Giovanni Ribsi leaves an impact.
On the whole Contraband is an average experience, leaving viewers telling could have been better!