Film Watch – 248. Contraband

Fast Facts

Title: Contraband
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Year: 2012
Run time: 1hr 39

Background Info

It’s been ages since we sat down to watch a film, what with all the summer sporting that has dominated the television screens. This one we rented and just managed to squeeze in a viewing before the 30 day period expired. Far too long between films, I couldn’t remember what this was about or why we wanted to watch it, except for Marky Mark, obviously.

Live Blog

2:06 – There’s nothing like the noise of helicopter rotors to tense up a situation.
5:12 – Smuggling stories, who knew they were a party hit?
9:49 – Is her name Kate? Confuses me when they have the same name as in real life.
13:01 – Giovanni! He melts stuff!
17:44 – Criminals who also have to behave around their kids. There’s an entire movie idea in that.
19:00 – “I know what I’m doing. Will you just trust me? Nothing’s going to happen, I promise.” That’s three ominous sentences in a row.
27:16 – Surprised all these macho chaps greet each other with hugs.
29:33 – Always amazes me that these massive shipping boats can stay afloat. They must be freakishly heavy.
35:33 – Ms Beckinsale looks very much like Nicole Kidman.
37:28 – This is like Speed 2 but in slow motion.
45:50 – I think that was a twist, but I can’t tell who the bad guys are. They’re all bad!
50:00 – Why don’t people ever stay in the van?
55:15 – The gaffa tape as face mask idea is good until you have to take it off. Ouch!
1:02:19 – That’s awesome. Properly driving your way out of trouble.
1:05:41 – I assume that piece of cloth everyone is throwing around is really important, because all those people died for it!
1:09:05 – Ooh, I forgot about that guy.
1:16:10 – He must know now then. Because he told one person and the message was spread around.
1:21:20 – Nobody is good!
1:31:11 – He must have this all figured out but I am ten steps behind.
1:35:33 – He doesn’t miss a thing.
1:42:51 – A Jackson Pollock.

Conclusions

Pretty good, all things considered. I really did find it difficult when you’re left cheering for Mark just because he is the least bad of a really bad bunch. It’s a great scheme that he’s got and we had fun trying to figure out what he was doing before he did it. We didn’t manage to foil him, but it was good trying. I liked the direction, some of the shots were great – moody images of a big ol’ container ship floating through the night.

Rating: 4/5

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