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.
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.
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!