Literature professor and gambler Jim Bennett's debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation, is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?
In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I got dragged to this movie against my will with some friends, and I must say, I did not expect this. It was a lot worse than I imagined. Now, I don't know what I was thinking when I thought a Wahlberg police drama movie that went through development hell could be any good, but the movie was just boring. The cast was alright in this, Wahlberg did an okay job and I liked Crowe and Zeta-Jones as well. But the writing, aside from being very clichéd, was bad and sucked all life and potential of the movie, to the point where I actually fell asleep, which never occurred to me before in theaters. One scene was pretty memorable though, and I won't spoil anything, but the scene after Mark's girlfriend's movie's premiere was one of the dumbest things I've seen in a while. The directing wasn't the worst I've seen, but it does show Allen Hughes did this one without the help of his brother.
Overall, I'd give it a 4/10, bad but not so bad it's entertaining, so I'd say stay away.
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