A crime drama directed by James Gray that tries to be something more. The strong acting of Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, and Robert Duvall is the only thing that carries it. The dialogue and pacing are good enough. Unfortunately the plot gets lost in sequences and situations that we’ve seen many times before.
Predictable, but I always enjoy movies set in New York (1980s Brooklyn). Attention to detail (The Twin Towers standing statuesque as you look out towards downtown Manhattan) is what really separates this movie from the forgettable gritty cop crime drama.
3 1/2 Dead Clowns