Good Enough to Pass Customs

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Imagine you are the Houdini of smugglers – no job too big or too difficult. However, you soon meet the girl of your dreams and settle down. Fast forward a few years — your brother-in-law gets involved in a drug run that goes awry and the payload gets dumped. His partner gets killed by the men who contracted them. Your lovely wife begs you to help her brother and the bad guys, in traditional bad guy fashion, agree to a simply yet twisted deal: pay up lest the rest of your family acquires the “debt”. Your choices are; A) surrenders and accept your fate, or; B)go on one more smuggling run to settle the botched deal.

Chris Faraday (Mark Wahlberg) chose option B).

It’s this backstory that sends him and his brother-in-law Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) on a money laundering scheme in sunny Panama. However, the deal gets complicated and Faraday soon has to worry not only about customs, but also with edgy gangsters, local law enforcement, his suspicious captain. Another monkey wrench is thrown from the homefront as Faraday’s wife (Kate Beckinsale) and kids get hounded by the local drug dealers who contracted Andy.

The movie packs a overall a simple storyline with little special effects visually or audibly. Despite this the movie is still more or less enjoyable though it might not appeal to everyone. So unless you’re a fan of crime movies or actors Mark Wahlberg or Kate Beckinsale (who looks much better with black hair by the way), you might consider giving this one a skip.


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