Prolific Icelandic actor/director Baltasar Kormákur injects some fresh energy into a well-worn genre trope in Contraband
, a big-scale Hollywood remake of the popular 2008 thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam
-- which Kormákur originally produced and starred in. Though its clichéd conceit of a former criminal battling betrayal and impossible odds while resorting to his old ways for “one last job” may perhaps be the most overused device in the history of crime thrillers, assured direction, a game ensemble cast, and a lean script punctuated by some clever twists elevate Contraband
just enough to make it a brisk, pulpy diversion in a moviegoing season genera...