- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
- Released: November 19, 2013
- Originally Released: 2013
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region [unknown]
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 08/02/2013
"The saving grace of the film is the chemistry between Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as a pair of undercover lawmen..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/02/2013
"The two stars are great together as undercover lawmen teamed up against a common foe."
RogerEbert.com - 08/02/2013
3 stars out of 4 -- "The tone, pacing and staging of the action sequences are pleasantly surprising. This is a slower, more meditative film than advertised, finding time for quirkiness and humorous banter alongside the explosions."
Rolling Stone - 08/01/2013
"Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are great company. "
Variety - 07/30/2013
"Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg make for an enjoyable pair in this fleet, unpretentious caper pic from Baltasar Kormakur."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/01/2013
"[Washington and Wahlberg] cut loose and seem to be having a blast swapping below-the-belt insults as a pair of undercover agents posing as drug dealers." -- Grade: B+
Hollywood Reporter - 07/30/2013
"[Featuring the] winning chemistry between stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, who animate banter-heavy dialogue and click so well, one wonders why they haven't shared the screen before."
Empire - 08/08/2013
3 stars out of 5 -- "This does a serviceable job homaging '80s actioners....Go for the explosions..."
Total Film - 08/17/2013
3 stars out of 5 -- "Kormákur nimbly stages the various shoot-outs, stand-offs and punch-ups and choreographs one enjoyably bold incursion at a Texas air base."
CONTRABAND director Baltasar Kormákur and star Mark Wahlberg reteam for this all-star thriller centered on the fragile alliance between two operatives from rival bureaus, neither of whom realize that the other is working undercover. For the past year, U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) and DEA agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) have been on a covert mission to infiltrate a powerful narcotics syndicate. In the criminal underworld, trust comes in short supply. Stigman and Trench have been forced to work as partners, but continue to eye one another with an air of suspicion. Both men realize their only hope for survival is to stick together, however, after a sensitive mission involving a Mexican drug cartel goes horribly awry. Their identities compromised as their respective agencies deny any knowledge of their existence, Stigman and Trench must now elude capture by the authorities while using their acute criminal know-how to also strike back at the ruthless gangsters who would sooner see them six-feet underground, rather than rotting away behind bars. Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos, Paula Patton, and James Marsden co-star.