Mark Wahlberg in a heist story? You don't say! As with all of his other movies, Wahlberg plays the guy you'd want in charge of your criminal activity - would love to see one of his crews up against Ocean's Umpteen. Giovanni Ribisi is striving for Heath Ledger's Creepy Villains legacy - does anyone else remember him as the kid next door from My Two Dads? It tends to make me laugh when he's being violent and unstable. Kate Beckinsale, as always, fades into the background, and the less you notice her, the better the movie is. The story had a couple of twists, but nothing outstandingly memorable. Contraband is an enjoyable movie, one of the better January offerings.
P.S. When I see the trailer for Man On a Ledge, I hear Reese Witherspoon saying the title like her line "...a baby. In a bar." Am I the only one?