Spenser Confidential – Another Netflix Doozy

Rating (2.5 out of 5)

Summary: There is no creativity left in the world. We are rehashing some old stories from the 1980s. This is your typical Mark Wahlberg show; so close, but yet still far away from good. Netflix, must dust off scripts from a file cabinet, decide to make a movie and see if it works. You know who that bad guy is from the very onset. You pretty much guess all the outcomes. One surprise would have been nice. I would pass on this film.

Plot: Spenser (Mark Wahlberg), an ex-cop is released from prison and wants to start life anew in Arizona. However, he is slowly pulled into a case in his hometown of Boston to help the widow of a fallen cop.

Detail: The chemistry between Spenser and his new friend Hawk (Winston Duke) never clicked. Without that the show lacks a certain amount of charm. Cissy (Iliza Shlesinger) was a little over the top for me, but how she was involved in the plot. I particularly liked her relationship with Henry (Alan Arkin) who is Spenser’s father-like mentor.

I hate when the bad guys are your typical bad guy actors. Let’s shake it up Hollywood. There was no surprise when Driscoll (Bokeem Woodbine) turned out to be the bad guy.

The problem for most shows, is they are trying to match or top a show they can’t. We have a final battle where a truck rams through the bad guys and our little squad of 3 or 4 out battle a gang of thugs and dirty cops. It’s okay to have your character have a creative or intelligent solution rather than solving all problems by brute force. The attack on the casino was too much.

Then during the attack, Spenser is able to run down Driscoll. Instead of shooting him, they fight hand to hand. They have had established their penchant for boxing earlier. Again, this scene was meeting the requirement of action time rather than adding to the story.

I enjoyed the general premise and the outline of what was included here, but the script was a bit thin.