When in Manila and you want to rest from the hustle and bustle of city living, you’ll find that a lot of entertainment options are available, the most popular of which is – you guessed it right – movie.
And to TriNoma Cinema 7 I went, thanks to Sanuk’s cool movie treat. Sanuk, the international brand of funky and comfy footwear, expressed its gratitude to its loyal clients and Facebook fans with a grand eyeball highlighted by a special screening of Contraband.
And a neat movie experience it was.
Contraband is your standard heist movie, tackling issues of betrayal, corruption, and family. Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) is a former smuggler who is shoved back to smuggling to pay off the debt of his brother-in-law Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) to a drug dealer, Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi).
The huge debt, which resulted from Andy’s failed drug smuggling operation, is due in two weeks, a tight deadline that in part sets up the suspense in the movie.
What follows are scenes filled with tension. The movie keeps the audience on the edge of their seats as they follow Chris and his team obtaining counterfeit dollar bills, loading them into the cargo ship on time, keeping them out of the knowledge of the already suspecting captain, all while Chris struggles with news about Tim hassling Chris’s wife (Kate Beckinsale) and two boys.
Apparently, the movie gets the thriller part right by enriching the plot with a race-with-time energy. But it generally struggles with reality. Many of the scenes, not to mention the circumstances that lead to these scenes, are potentially impossible in real life and are only fashioned and set up in a way to excite the audience.
But then again, it’s a movie of purely fictional kind – the type wherein everything is possible for well-intentioned people like Chris. And with Chris I empathized. Just like the rest of the audience, who obviously enjoyed Contraband and the exciting freebies from Sanuk.
Of course, our thanks go to Sanuk Grand Eyeball. True to its tagline – “Smile…Pass it on!” – Sanuk wants every client to experience the happy, cool vibe and to be so inspired to share it with others.
And definitely, with such a generous heart, Sanuk will be coming up with fab events such as this especially for the Sanuk community. So When in Manila, watch out for them!
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Contraband Movie Review: Premiere Night Starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale