Mark Wahlberg Declares ‘No Bueno’ in First ‘Contraband’ Trailer

ALTBetween producing HBO shows (Boardwalk Empire, Entourage) and co-starring as the over-the-top tough guy in big studio comedies (The Other Guys, Date Night), I was beginning to forget that Mark Wahlberg serves a third purpose (or fifth, if you still count rapper and underwear model): action hero.

Wahlberg hasn’t blown me away in any of his fast cars, guns a’blazin’, things-go-boom flicks, but the man’s charismatic enough to turn middle-brow vehicles like Shooter, Four Brothers or Max Payne into something I can drift in and out of sleep to on a Sunday afternoon. I need those movies to survive. Thankfully, Wahlberg hasn’t forgotten my need.

His latest is Contraband, a crime thriller co-starring the lovely Kate Beckinsale, as well as Giovanni Ribisi, Lukas Haas, Ben Foster and J.K. Simmons, and we’ve got our first look at the film courtesy of a brand new trailer. First impressions remind me of Michael Mann’s Miami Vice with a tad less grit—which sounds about right for the movie that’s hitting theaters in the slow, mid-January season. Wahlberg plays a security guard pulled out of retirement from his criminal lifestyle to steal some money, fire some guns, punch dudes in the face and turn short Spanish phrases into jokes.


Watch the first trailer for Contraband below and gear up for its release on January 13, 2012.

After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.