Spenser (Mark Wahlberg), a former police officer known more for the problems created than for the solved ones, has come out of prison and wants to leave Boston. But he is convinced by Henry (Alan Arkin), his former boxing coach and mentor, to help a potential amateur. Hawk (Winston Duke), a tough and serious MMA fighter, is convinced that he will be a better fighter than Spenser.
When two of Spenser’s former colleagues are killed, he recruits Hawk and his ex-girlfriend Cissy (Iliza Shlesinger) to do justice. The film Spenser Confidential is directed by Peter Berg (The Survivor).
The cast includes Mark Wahlberg (Fighter), Winston Duke (New), Alan Arkin (Argo), Iliza Shlesinger, Bokeem Woodbine, Marc Maron and Austin Post. Inspired by Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland, a novel by Ace Atkins.
Spenser Confidential, an action with comic accents launched on March 6, was for several days on the leading place in the top of viewings in our country. We were not surprised at all, given the relaxing potential of the genre, but also the popularity of Mark Wahlberg. Here’s what we liked about this movie, only good for two hours of fun in which you don’t want to put your mind too much into the contribution.
Wahlberg is Spenser, a former Boston detective who went to jail after attacking a superior he suspected of corruption. After serving his five-year sentence, Spenser enjoys his first day of freedom, but everything turns upside down when his victim is brutally killed. Police solve the case almost instantly, only Spenser finds the killer extremely suspicious, so he decides to investigate on his own. Obviously, this will prove more difficult than expected, and his investigation will turn him into a target for both the perpetrators and his former corrupt colleagues.
What is surprising about Spenser Confidential is that, despite the big names attached to the production, from Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg to Alan Arkin, the film is surprisingly original. Basically, the script does nothing but repackage elements I’ve seen a thousand times in other movies, from the ups and downs between the hero and his aide Hawk (Winston Duke), to the sexual escapades with his ex-girlfriend with big mouth and the findings of the investigation.
For some, this is undoubtedly a shortcoming of the film, but for those who just want to relax (and possibly keep an eye on the phone) while Mark Wahlberg is severely beaten by Latin American gangsters and rolled in the dust. a very determined man to defend his yard, Spenser Confidential can be a really good idea. The film lacks any ambitions and any claims that it will surprise the viewer for a moment.
Everything seems to happen in one fell swoop in Spenser Confidential, and even as the heroes chase the whole story, the story seems to be filled with surprising surprise. This aspect of the film would probably become completely annoying if watching it also involved paying 25-35 lei for a ticket to the cinema, but at home, in front of the TV, the experience becomes rather appealing, like watching a movie that You’ve seen it countless times, and even though you know every line and twist of it by heart, it still captivates and involves you.
At the same time, it is worrying and unexpected that the audience no longer seems to feel the need for surprises while watching a movie. This comment also comes in the context of the phenomenal success of The Lion King, released last year in live action version and so liked by the public that it reached global revenues of 1.65 billion dollars, although the film practically resumes scene by scene animation original, offering no surprises.