Spenser Confidential (15)

As the film itself jokes, Spenser may be the name you’d associate with an accountant but he’s certainly no accountant here. Get ready for Mark Wahlberg busting some ass.

Born to be a cop, Spenser knows right from wrong. When he sees issues with the very people he looks up to in law enforcement, he doesn’t hesitate to act. The result? Spenser’s sent to prison for assaulting his boss.

When Spenser’s finally released, two cops are seemingly murdered. There’s further unrest in the echelons of law enforcement. Will Spenser sit idly by? Hell no. He’s going to find out what’s going on and take them down for good.

It’s an enticing plot and maybe even a somewhat simple one but it may be enough to get you exciting for a bit of Mark Wahlberg butt kicking. And if that’s what you’re after, look no further. This is your movie.

While the dominoes begin to fall and the plot thickens, Spenser Confidential gets tangled in it’s own web that can be tough to work your way through. The film isn’t maybe as clever as it thinks it is and the second half suffers as a result.

You may have also spotted the Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg connection before. This is actually their 5th film together. So where does Spenser Confidential rank? Is it lacking in character and mindless like Mile 22? Or is it well-plotted and enthralling like Patriots Day? I’d say somewhere in the middle. And that’s not bad.

Spenser Confidential certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously, and maybe you shouldn’t as a viewer too. There are sprinkles of humour and fun amongst the crime bosses and drug cartels. The action is fun but outlandish and Spenser Confidential knows it.

In times like these where we’re all looking for an escape, Spenser Confidential may just be what you’re looking for. It’s not tasking on the brain and is very much the popcorn action flick that you can watch from the comfort of your sofa. Crank up the speakers and enjoy the thrill ride.

Spenser Confidential certainly won’t win any Academy Awards or have you mulling its complexities for days thereafter. But it’s a fun 110 minutes and sometimes that’s all you need.

By Jordan Barrett

★★★☆☆

Available to stream on Netflix

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