Directed By Peter Berg
Oh boy director Peter Berg (Battleship, Deepwater Horizon) is back with yet another borderline inexcusable mess of a motion picture. Spenser Confidential is a vigilante crime comedy following the exploits of ex-cop Spenser (Mark Wahlberg) as he follows a trail of incredibly obvious clues, all the while zigging and zagging around a zany cast of forgettable and useless characters, to resolve the murder of a man he didn’t even like. I promise, it’s that stupid. This movie doesn’t even feel coherent most of the time, as the screenwriters desperately try to throw exposition at you to try and get the audience to relate to the main, and fatally flawed, protagonist. The movie’s biggest sin is that it simply cannot keep track of itself. The movie boasts so many false leads and stock characters that it drops off the cliff of followability. By the time you get to the end, you’re not really rooting for anyone, despite the fact that the cast is made up of Wahlberg, Iliza Shlesinger, Alan Arkin and Winston Duke, all of which are performers I typically love. The movie drags you, kicking and screaming, through a bucket of nonsense in an effort to be original and quirky, but it just ends up being predictable and obnoxious.
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