The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Set on New York’s mean streets in the 1980s, this flick fol­lows Bobby (Joaquin Phoenix), the black sheep of his Pol­ish-Amer­i­can fam­ily, who runs a glitzy night­club, snorts coke, drinks and gam­bles. Bobby’s high life is about to be laid low af­ter he is warned by his dec­o­rated po­lice cap­tain brother Joe (Mark Wahlberg) and chief of po­lice fa­ther (Robert Du­vall) that his club has be­come crack cen­tral for the Rus­sian mafia, the same peo­ple who treat Bobby more like fam­ily than his own kin. Bobby brushes them off, un­til a raid on his club and a drive-by shoot­ing that leaves Joe in hospi­tal, forces him to choose sides in a war that’s about to turn very ugly. This is a crime yarn about re­demp­tion that is writ­ten solidly and is well-acted and en­ter­tain­ing enough that you should prob­a­bly for­give the end­ing, which is a bit too Rambo- ish.


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