Me and My Nine Iron

January 18, 2012

Contraband review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 12:58 am

I don’t remember reading too many comments where I agreed with the reviewer 100%, but I loved what this person on IMDb had to say so I’ll paraphrase.

The first half was mechanical and cliche, but it finishes strong with plot twists and closure. The best thing to come out of this movie is a maniacal Giovanni Ribisi as the primary villain, who gives a performance reminiscent of Heath Ledger‘s Joker in The Dark Knight; the worst a blonde Kate Beckinsale, who is neither eye candy nor a character with any substance. Yet like the reviewer, I “somewhat enjoyed the movie somehow.”

Baltasar Kormakur made his American directing debut in the remake of Reykjavik-Rotterdam, a 2008 Icelandish film where he was the lead actor in the original (yet another remake of a recent European movie). He’ll direct Mark Wahlberg again in next year’s 2 Guns, a comic book adaptation that at this time last year had David O. Russell (The Fighter) directing Vince Vaughn in the action comedy.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 6.9
What it should be: 6.9




1 Comment »

  1. There’s not a lot to think about while watching it and we’ve seen some of this plot before in other films, but for a movie opening in January, it’s actually pretty damn good thanks to a couple of cool heists and a relatively good cast. Nice review BJ. Check out mine when you get the chance.

    Comment by CMrok93 — January 18, 2012 @ 9:38 pm | Reply

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