Contraband (2012)

Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale star in this flashily shot heist thriller with somewhat of a pulse, but yet in the end adds up to a genre exercise that doesn’t really exercise much at all, other than Wahlberg’s biceps. It’s character driven and has plenty of pans swooping over city-lit buildings with picturesque, faded yellow lights that would look like Michael Mann’s Instagram if he had one. There aren’t very many moments of grave suspense, and in fact most of the subplot conclusions are extremely predictable. Though it may be generic, one shouldn’t discredit the movies impressive qualities, especially its intriguingly grainy, darkly-colored photography.

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