Coming to Netflix on 6 March, comedy actioner Spenser Confidential stars Mark Wahlberg and Winstone Duke as, respectively, a jailbird ex-cop and an up-and-coming MMA fighter.
I’ll admit when I first heard about the film I misread the title, and for a brief glorious moment I thought we were getting a movie version of early-90s Newcastle detective drama Spender, starring Jimmy Nail. Alas no, though if anyone wants to make that, there’s a readymade audience of one right here, and could you cast Keanu, please. Thanks.
Oh yes, the Spenser trailer. Here it is!
And here’s the synopsis:
Spenser (Mark Wahlberg) — an ex-cop better known for making trouble than solving it — just got out of prison and is leaving Boston for good. But first he gets roped into helping his old boxing coach and mentor, Henry (Alan Arkin), with a promising amateur. That’s Hawk (Winston Duke), a brash, no-nonsense MMA fighter convinced he’ll be a tougher opponent than Spenser ever was.
When two of Spenser’s former colleagues turn up murdered, he recruits Hawk and his foul-mouthed ex-girlfriend, Cissy (Iliza Shlesinger), to help him investigate and bring the culprits to justice. From director Peter Berg, SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL is an action-comedy co-starring Bokeem Woodbine, Marc Maron and Austin Post. Inspired by Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland, a best-selling novel by Ace Atkins.
I’m probably not its target audience but while the jokes are predictable it does look quite fun, and Spenser’s ex-girlfriend is a winner.
And the good news is after writing this article, I’ve had to type Wahlberg so many times I finally know how to spell it.