Mark Wahlberg reunites with Contraband director Baltasar Kormakur for an action movie that's even more cynical and sadistic than its predecessor. Wahlberg and Denzel Washington play government agents who rob a bank while posing undercover as criminals. They learn they've been set up by their crooked superiors, who have thrown them to the mercy of an even more crooked CIA man (Bill Paxton) and the Mexican drug lord (Edward James Olmos) whose money they stole. None of these likable actors can make up for the overwhelming mean-spiritedness; this contains an awful lot of torture, which the filmmakers render especially ugly by trying to pass it off as fun (mainly by having the characters issue lousy one-liners while it's happening). There's also a bit of misogyny thrown in for good measure.
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Producer: Marc Platt, Randall Emmett, Norton Herrick, Adam Siegel, George Furla, Ross Richie, Andrew Cosby, Brandt Andersen, Jeffrey Stott, Motaz Nabulsi, Joshua Skurla and Mark Damon
Cast: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden, Fred Ward, Edward James Olmos, Robert Burke, Greg Sproles, Patrick Fischler, Derek Solorsano, Edgar Arreola, Kyle Clements, Matthew Cook, Timothy Bell, Tait Fletcher and Jesus Payan Jr.