Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mark Wahlberg's 'Contraband' Poster/Trailer

Had not even heard about this one. Looks fucking great. Giovanni Ribisi is effective as a twisted slime bag. Ben Foster takes a turn -- always a good thing.

But, the real thing to notice here, Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale look good. Not popcorn matinee good, really good. Not like they're not selling a shiny product to the story-addled, but like it's a real character-driven piece with arc, throughline, subtext, yadda yadda -- something they believed in when they signed on, something they wanted to do right. Both these guys can pout around for the camera as well as any working actor, have many times, but that ain't what this is, that ain't what they're doing in this trailer.

'Contraband' is looking like an investment, something you can sink your teeth into. I'm watching the trailer and it slowly dawns on me, 'Whoa. This ain't no Italian Job/Wahlberg looking tough puff piece for the masses with Beckinsale running around looking pretty'. This movie is worth watching and I'm thinking it's due to the non-Hollywood pedigree in directing and writing. Helmed by Baltasar Kormákur, from Iceland with a background in theater (who has a background in theater anymore?). Written by Óskar Jónasson, also from Iceland. This team instilled 'Contraband' with that Euro sensibility, that elusive slippery realness that makes even genre flicks spring to life, (that stuff the Hollywood machine strives mightily to mimic), and here it flows smooth and natural, is easy to watch, rings true, and creeps up and grabs you before you realize what's going on. This movie has gears. This movie grinds.

Apple is running a beautiful hi-def trailer. If you haven't seen it, take a look.

Here's the official site.

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