Written August 22, 2014
There was not as much action as I would have liked to see. Love love love Mark in this movie. Can't wait to see him and the Rock in Pain and Gain!!
Written December 19, 2014
The movie was fine but seriously compromised by the absolutely horrible seats. If the seats hadn't been so bad, then I think I would have enjoyed the movie even more. Two of my favorite actors was hard to pass up! I got a little lost when trying to connect the dots, but, in general, I liked the movie and acting.
Written November 21, 2014
This is a gritty cop drama that takes place in New York City . Mark plays a New York cop that is involved in a shooting of a civilian [he is cleared] . He is forced to retire [he is told that it would be better for the city] and he becomes a private detective . Russell is the mayor and he hires Mark to investigate his wife , Catherine , whom he suspects is having an affair [re-election is coming up and he doesn't need the bad publicity] . Barry is Russell's opponent in the upcoming election and Kyle is running Barry's campaign . There are dirty politics at play , as well as blackmail and believability issues [who is telling the truth and who can you trust ?] .
It's rated "R" for language , sexual content [there is some semi-nudity] and violence and has a running time of 1 hour & 49 minutes .
It was good but not much better than what you might see in a t.v. show .
It's not one that I would buy on DVD but it would be alright as a rental .
Written January 27, 2015
Overall, it was ok. I went away with thinking that something was missing - either there were problems with the script or with the editing. The movie could have been great with better editing. In terms of the acting, Mark Wahlberg was good, Catherine Zeta-Jones was great although I would have liked her have a larger role - because she's so good. Russell Crowe's performance was lacking and the tan was both inexplicable and distracting. Alona Tal deserves recognition for a great performance as Katy Bradshaw opposite Mark Wahlberg's Billy Taggart. Jeffrey Wright, Kyle Chandler and Barry Pepper all seemed to be miscast in their roles. The ending did seem to set things up for a sequel of some sort. Maybe they can explain all of the missing details in the sequel - where I'd like to see the chemistry between Billy Taggart and Katy Bradshaw play out.
Written October 29, 2014
It had just the right amount of action and suspense. It lacked development in some critical areas, but it probably would have made the movie too long and drawn out. i simply the male actors held their own by playing characters who were believable and not too over the top with their personas. Catherine Zeta-Jones was classy but witty.