Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Day 148

Movie: Contraband
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Year: 2012
Format: Shaw Video On Demand

Plot: When a smuggling goes wrong and the lives of the smuggler's family is threatened, his brother in law has to step in and re-do the job within a week.

This is the English remake of a 2008 film from Iceland.

The plot will seem similar not just because of the fact it is the English version of another film, but because it echoes many themes from the movie Gone in Sixty Seconds.  Which oddly enough, also starred Giovanni Ribisi as a thief who couldn't deliver. 

Normally, I don't like the idea of remaking a foreign film, I would prefer them subtitled; but I understand remaking foreign action films, as it's easier to follow then trying to watch them dubbed or subtitled.
And Beckinsale has become the ideal female action hero, it was both expected and odd seeing her in this film.  Expected because she's one of the few women right now who can pull off the genre naturally, but odd because in this film she plays the victim.

What do I think I learned from this film?
Never promise more then you can deliver, and sometimes, believing in your own hype just isn't enough.

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