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Watch: New International Trailer For 'Contraband' Shows Off Lots Of New Footage From The Film

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by Ben Shearn
November 16, 2011 9:21 AM
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When the first “Contraband” trailer hit in September, its conventional action pacing, strong doses of Mark Wahlberg machismo and virile use of the song "Red Nation" promised two possible outcomes: 1) A passable or even solid genre flick or 2) Yet another inhabitant in the forgettable Mark Wahlberg action-movie ghetto (“Four Brothers,” “Shooter,” “Max Payne”).

The newest International trailer, on the other hand, takes an almost entirely different angle. The first minute sets it up traditionally with a pulsing musical push. Already it features way more of the cast including Giovanni Ribisi (who seems to be channeling his inner Ratso Rizzo) and sustains a gloomier tone than the slam-bang of the American trailer. About midway, a theme of near-Vangelis-like emo-proportions attempts to frame "Contraband" not as straight action but as a gritty, emotional crime saga with the stylistic heft of “The Departed,” or perhaps even “Drive”. But that’s quite a stretch. The basic pounding Mark Wahlberg action/thriller core remains in tact.

Hints, however, at potential depth may not be totally unjustified. The director, Baltasar Kormákur, is a respected Icelandic filmmaker and actually played Wahlberg’s role in the film "Contraband" is based on, “Reykjavik-Rotterdam” – though he didn’t direct. Kormákur (whose films as director include “A Little Trip to Heaven” and “The Sea”) hasn’t exactly set international cinema on fire but he isn’t a complete non-entity either.

With a decent supporting cast in place -- Ribisi, Diego Luna, Ben Foster, Lukas Haas and J.K. Simmons -- we're hoping this can be a bit more than an average car-go-boom Mark Wahlbergh action vehicle. 

"Contraband" hits on January 13, 2012.

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4 Comments

  • James | November 17, 2011 5:42 AMReply

    &timparker, Ben plays Wahlberg's best friend in the movie. He's in the trailer several times actually.

  • Mike | November 16, 2011 1:42 PMReply

    I think you meant to say "Four Brothers" in your list of Wahlberg action movies, Brothers is neither an action movie nor a Mark Wahlberg-starring one.

  • evilnik | November 16, 2011 11:21 AMReply

    TRON MUSIC!!!

  • TimParker | November 16, 2011 10:04 AMReply

    Ben Foster must play a really small role in that because I think he showed up once in the preview. Might've been him yelling at one point, couldn't tell. Either that or he does play a larger role but his star hasn't quite risen the way you'd think, considering he co-starred in that Mechanic remake

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