9.30PM, GO! ★★
Russell Crowe (groomed hair, generous girth and groovy glasses) is the most corrupt mayor in New York. This pudgy pollie is close to pulling off the biggest bent deal of his career. Mark Wahlberg is the last honest ex-cop- turned- private-investigator in the Big Apple. He starts the movie on the mayor’s payroll. By the halfway mark, he’s on the mayor’s to- kill list. If you’re intrigued in any way by this boilerplate premise, then you’re going to be mighty thankful actors of the calibre of Crowe and Wahlberg are there to turn up the heat when needed. Overall, an industriously aimless thriller scurrying up and down the corridors of power looking for any way out. If it is escape you are after, best be patient. Co- stars Catherine Zeta-Jones.