28. 'Broken City'
A surprisingly ambitious crime thriller — you can tell it wants to be a modern-day Chinatown — finds Wahlberg playing a cop who left the force after a questionable shooting. He's now working as a small time private eye when the city's corrupt mayor (Russell Crowe) hires him to spy on his wife. The protagonist is likable enough, but it's hard to buy the actor as an investigator – the role requires some subtlety, as well as a slightly weasely quality, that Wahlberg simply does not possess. In other words, he's no Jack Nicholson.