A jaded cop turned private eye named Billy Taggart (Mark Walhberg.) A corrupted New York City named Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe.) A candidate for mayor born with a silver spoon in his mouth named Jack Valliant (Barry Pepper.) The film is action packed with strong drama in the story. Unfortunately, the story gets lost because of the clichéd premise of the mayor wanting to find out whether or not his estranged wife Cathleen (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is having an affair. The person who Cathleen is having an affair with turns the story. The film, as of many this year, reflects the times (brutality from police officers, public outcry for action, political indiscretions (which really isn’t anything new but still)). The film is “A Perfect Murder” meets “The Ides of March” and peels to be something else and really lives up to its title.
Director Allen Hughes delivers with an on par cast in Russell Crowe, Mark Walhberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Beach and Kyle Chandler. Alona Tal who played Katy, Billy’s sassy college student assistant, was a humorous fast and hard talker. Writer Brian Tucker brings the city of New York as another character taking the story of the filthy rich and the slummers who need the dollar just to get by.