Written January 18, 2013
One of Mark Wahlberg's good performances and a standard Markie-Mark tough guy showing. Nothing new here: A twisting and turning drama wrapped around a good script, with excellent actors. Good cinematography. Medium action. Overall entertaining, but not cerebral at all.
Written January 19, 2013
This is an entertaining thriller featuring crooked politicians and crooked ex-cops playing dangerously with each other. Crowe is the incumbent Mayor of NYC and he's in a close election race with an unknown. Walberg plays an ex-cop-turned-detective who takes pictures of cheating wives. It's a messy plot, but easy to follow and ultimately predictable. The performances are entertaining. I enjoyed following the twists and turns and was interested throughout. However, it never really impresses and I predict that I'll forget about it very quickly, with no lasting impression.
Written January 27, 2015
I as pleasantly surprised. Only wish the previews didn't reveal a major twist of the film. Go see it! Saw Haunted House today and it was trash-WAS NOT FUNNY AT ALL >_I as pleasantly surprised. Only wish the previews didn't reveal a major twist of the film. Go see it! Saw Haunted House today and it was trash-WAS NOT FUNNY AT ALL >_< Was surprised the Wayans put that crap out since I usually love their movies. See Broken City instead.
Written March 05, 2015
Looked better in the previews. Story convaluted, no real suprises, Crowe kind of a caricature, Zeta-Jones Botox injection too fresh. Alona Tal as the Walberg's assistant was the best character. She's got a future.
Written March 03, 2015
Overall, this is a fine film populated with A-list talent. They all live up to their reps and deliver fine performances here. Still, they can only do what's on the page and it's obvious this play, and the consequential film, both required more editing. In a striking attempt to avoid all plot holes, the play becomes misdirected and convoluted. To make matters worse, the dialog is muddled and confused in places. Beyond these things, all-in-all, it's worth the price of a ticket. Take along your patience though, you'll need it for the payoff.