Billy Taggart was formerly a New York police officer but he went to trial over a shooting. Now he has a private eye business of taking pictures for clients. Some become deadbeats and he has a tough time collecting money from them without a lot of threats. The mayor is running for reelection and he hires Billy to follow his wife. This seams straightforward in the beginning but Billy uncovers layers of political corruption. He becomes a pawn in the chess game instead.
I thought this would be good considering the actors but all the secrets leave you wondering plus not caring. All the loose ends are probably not tied up but what does it matter? Was there a script or was this made up as they went along? Weak and disappointing. 2* (I didn’t like this movie)
109 min, Crime directed by Allen Hughes with Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper, Kyle Chandler.
Note: Blockbuster 2 ½*, imdb 6.1 out of 10, 30% critic 44% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.
Special Note: The only good scene is Wahlberg getting beaten up and not saying, “please stop hitting me” like another character in the same situation.