Markie Mark Wahlberg‘s latest project, Contraband, is considered a niche film. The subject matter of niche films occupy a specific “niche” of human culture: i.e., baseball statistics ala Moneyball, bomb deactivations ala Hurt Locker, and, as in Contraband, smuggling.
Awareness of the specifics mechanics of the niche are not necessary to enjoy the film. Most people have no clue the calculus involved in selecting sluggers for a team, or, how much pressure extorted on a wire can activate a bomb. Yet, these films appeal to a wide audience.
Nonetheless, we here at INFOtainmentNews.net thought it necessary to pass along four facts that will help to navigate Contraband:
Contraband is worth a watch. Mark Wahlberg is a true modern film thespian. He is the breed of actor who researches and immerses himself in his character. This acting-formula often yields powerful performances. However, the film does fail in fully fleshing out the characters. I wanted to see more and learn more about the dynamics between the characters. Of course, there is a long list of items related to conflict, plot, relationships, etc., that strengthen the film. However, character development is a little light.
Director Baltasar Kromakur does a great job of providing a window into this sub-culture. You do not need to know anything about smuggling to appreciate this film. However, you will need our four facts to help navigate the film.
To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.
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