Broken City

Certificate 15 109 minutes, ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Mark Wahlberg plays Billy Taggart, a Private Eye hired by Russell Crowe’s corrupt mayor to spy on his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) in this noir-esque political crime drama. While he’s at it, he uncovers the usual den of corruption, gets shot at, chased, finds a stash of incriminating documents dumped in a dumpster (what’s wrong with email?), people get killed, cars get smashed, the usual suspects get rounded up.

This thriller is pretty much by the numbers, and while it does have noir overtones that make one hanker for Chinatown or The Maltese Falcon, Wahlberg is not in the same league as Bogart, or Nicholson. Add to that the slack pacing and tired plot, and the result is pretty lacklustre.

On the plus side, Crowe does not sing. 6/10