It's no news Mark Wahlberg has had a bizarre and impressive career throughout his life. We've known him as everything from Marky Mark, to Monk D, to Dirk Diggler. And on top of being a famous musician and actor, he's starred in a mob of successful, award winning films like The Fighter and The Departed. But he doesn't always hit the mark on his film choices. And with his new Counterfeit Gangster film Contraband coming out Friday, let's take a look at some of his other Action/Crime films that have slipped through the cracks.

Max Payne (2008)

Being a fan of the games, I was excited to see Wahlberg play Max Payne. Unfortunately, it just didn't quite hit the...mark. In fact, given the talent involved, I will go as far as to say it was a bad movie. I'll keep the logline simple: When Max Payne's family dies from a massive conspiracy, he joins a hot assassin to find answers. If that doesn't entice you to watch, you're not alone. John Moore, who directed the fun-but-throwaway Behind Enemy Lines, managed to get the look of the games down, and Mila Kunis was fun to watch, but other than that, Max Payne is a laughable piece of action schlock that will be forgotten, and for good reason. On another note, Max Payne 3 comes out soon, and that will be an awesome game.

Shooter (2007)

If Shooter came out in 1987, it'd be remembered as a great action movie. Instead, it came out 20 years later, after we've seen this story five-billion times.  Wahlberg plays a sniper who becomes wrongfully accused for trying to snipe the president. Naturally, there's a conspiracy he unravels with the help of an FBI Agent (Michael Pena), blah blah blah blah. I'm not going to say Shooter is a bad movie, but it's certainly not a good one. It moves well and has some decent action, and Danny Glover's mustache twirling villainy warrants a few smirks, but unless you've got NOTHING to do, I'd skip it.

We Own The Night (2007)

Okay, so Mark Wahlberg might not be the headliner in this, but he's cast alongside Phoenix as one of the main characters, so I'm going to include it. I may get neutered by some of you who thought this movie was a modern gangster classic, but I felt it had more than it's fair share of flaws and became grossly overrated.

Phoenix owns a nightclub that gets raided by his cop brother and father, Wahlberg and Duvall. Getting in over their head, Phoenix tries to save them from the Russian Mob who he's tied to, and conflict ensues. The acting's good and has some solid conflict, but I just can't get myself to say it was great. That being said, it's a perfectly mediocre crime thriller.

Four Brothers (2005)

This movie seemed to get a lot of praise when it came out, and I still don't understand why. It's painfully simple: Mark Wahlberg and his three brothers (Tyrese Gibbs, Garrett Hedlund, and Andre 3000) seek revenge for their foster mother's murder. Set in Detroit, it has all the good vs. evil crap you could want in a revenge movie, but I still can't say it was good. It was just...meh. The action, the acting, John Singletons directing, all perfectly fine, but nothing more than that. Like the previous selections, check it out if you've got NOTHING else to do.

The Corrupter (1999)

When it comes to mediocre cop thrillers from the 90s, The Corrupter tops it. Mark Wahlberg is n cop who teams with Chow Yun-Fat (a Chinese Cop) to investigate the Triads in New York City. I remember seeing this in the theater as a kid and, even then, thinking "eh, it was all right".  It's got some cool action scenes, but isn't close to any of Chow's earlier Chinese Cop thrillers. And it gets complicated in a number of places. Therefore, if you're looking for a late 90s cop movie with triads...The Corrupter is for you!

The Yards (1999)

In case you didn't realize it, Wahlberg and Phoenix played side by side in another crime thriller in 1999 about the subversive world of Subway Contractors in Queens. Also directed by James Gray (who did We Own the Night), The Yards is, not surprisingly, on the same level as its 2007 follow up.  It's got some great acting, some decent conflicts, but overall, not much more than your typical east coast crime thriller. Cest la vie.

The Big Hit (1998)

Unlike ShooterThe Big Hit would've been...a big hit if it came out now, when action comedies are suddenly popular. Wahlberg is a hitman who decides to kidnap a rich guys daughter for money with a group of his idiot friends and, naturally, hilarity ensues. Like the others, The Big Hit isn't bad  -- it's ridiculous, but it knows that and rides with it till the end with twenty different story lines that have nothing to do with anything. All in all, The Big Hit will give a few good laughs and not totally waste your time.

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