Spenser Confidential (2020) A Review

Another Team up by Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg, and it is just as average as the 4 that came before it.

Certificate: 18

Director: Peter Berg

Screenwriter: Sean O’Keefe, Brian Helgeland

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Winston Duke, Alan Arkin

Genre: Crime, Drama

Runtime: 111 Minutes

Rating: 3 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Every freaking thing about this is a stereotype.  From the story line, to the cheesy dialogue to Iliza Shlesinger’s over the top Boston accent.  And it is these over the top elements that spoiled what could have been a great film, instead, it’s an average buddy cop movie with some real eye rolling clichés.

After serving a prison sentence for assaulting his senior officer after believing he was a dirty cop, Spenser is just trying to get his life back together and avoid his ex-girlfriend.  But when his police captain gets murdered the night he is released from prison; Spenser becomes the number one suspect.  He still believes his captain was dirty, and now believes his murder is somehow linked to his dirty dealings.   He enlists the help of his new roommate to help find out what is really going on.

OK, so this wasn’t all bad.  There were parts of it, when it was legitimately trying to be a good crime drama that were pretty good.  The script is a little rough the whole way through, but I can see through that.  The place where this looses its way is when it tries to be funny or quirky.  Instead it is terribly cringey.  The hook up scene between Spenser and Cissy in the men’s bathroom is just one of those scenes, and it was nearly unbearable to watch.

Mark Wahlberg and Winston Duke both do a pretty sound job considering what they are given.  It is a shame that Duke isn’t really given enough to work with or that him and Wahlberg don’t in my opinion get enough screen time together.  The time they share on screen is pretty good, they have some good dialogue back and forth.  But the most hasn’t been made of that.

There is a lot of gratuitous violence here.  The fight scenes are well choreographed, and It isn’t like the violence doesn’t fit in with the mood of the movie, but I don’t know if the continuous rock music soundtrack that plays while the fighting is happening is entirely necessary. 

It’s overall very average and by the end of year, not a movie I am going to remember.  It’s good Netflix are giving movies like this a shot, but this one is a miss for me unfortunately.

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