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Mark Wahlberg in international “Contraband” trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We’re witnessing a refreshing swing back to old-fashioned, mano-a-mano action in the film industry.

Brad Bird’s “Mission: Impossible” sequel appears to shift back to organic stunt work, with Tom Cruise dangling from the side of the world’s tallest skyscraper. Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” has been grabbing the majority of the headlines out of AFI Fest. And today, an international trailer has hit for Mark Wahlberg’s January release “Contraband,” and I think it’s going to fall in line with the hard-hitting action we’ve recently enjoyed seeing.

We have it below.

In the film, Wahlberg plays a former crook who’s been out of the “life” for years. He gets pulled back into the dirty biz – surprise, surprise – so he can defend a family member who falls in with some bad dudes. Wahlberg’s cut from this cloth, and is ideal for the role. Kate Beckinsale co-stars as his luscious wife, while Giovanni Ribisi (always welcome) pops by as what appears to be Wahlberg’s rival.

But it’s the stunts that catch my eye in this new clip. Check it out. It looks solid.

“Contraband” will be in theaters on Jan. 13, 2012. What do you think?


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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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