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Published March 12th 2013

A detective turned private eye is hired by a high profile political mayor to investigate his wife but this simple assignment holds more stakes than he knows.

When you think of political thrillers, movies like Enemy Of The State, The Manchurian Candidate, Three Days of the Condor and Argo come to mind. All critically acclaimed films with a strong story and cast. And when you think of Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg starring together in a political crime thriller you expect nothing less than a great movie. Wrong. Expect less. Much less.

Wahlberg who portrays Billy Taggart, tends to play the tough, street-smart vigilante type so it would only be fair to say that this role came naturally to him. Maybe too naturally. There's no distinction with this character and characters of a similar stereotype that he's played previously. Russell Crowe, who plays Mayor Nicholas Hostetler, has more versatility as an actor than Mark Wahlberg but he too didn't bring anything spectacular to his role. Only Catherine Zeta-Jones as Cathleen Hostetler, the Mayors wife, held her own, despite having only limited screen time .

A poorly written script, a less than average plot and mediocre acting allow this movie to fail as a crime political thriller. The execution is painful. The payoff is worse. For a movie out of Hollywood, there are better shows on channel 31.

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