Director: Allen Hughes
Cast: Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Country of Origin: USA 2013
Language: English 109 mins.
After a controversial shooting New York Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe) asks cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) to quite for the greater good of the city promising to repay the favour sometime. Seven years later with a re-election looming Mayor Hostetler hires Billy, now a down-at-heel private eye to investigate the extra-marital activities of his wife cathleen (Catherine Zeta-Jones).
A conspiracy thriller with our private eye uncovering corruption, dodgy real estate deals, blackmail and murder. Russell Crowe plays slimy Mayor Hostetler with relish but Mark Wahlberg as private eye Billy Taggart just doesn't have it.
It desperately wants to be 'Chinatown' but doesn't quite make it. Great aerial shots of the Manhatten skyline at night are no substitute for a mediocre script and a lack lustre 109 minutes.