- Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Natalie Martinez, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Kyle Chandler, Barry Pepper, Justin Chambers, Alona Tal, James Ransone, Michael Beach, Alex Kruz, Andrea Frankle, Griffin Dunne, Judd Lormand, William Ragsdale, Catherine Kim Poon, Ambyr Childers, James Rawlings, Han Soto, Ric Reitz, Gregory Jbara, Lydia Hull, Sharon Angela, Chance Kelly, Tony Bentley, Indigo, Teri Wyble, John L. Armijo, Kasey Emas, Haylie Creppel, Chelsea Bruland, Reynaldo Piniella, Fred Tolliver Jr.
- Director: Allen Hughes
- Writer: Brian Tucker
- Producers: Randall Emmett, George Furla, Allen Hughes, Stephen Levinson, Teddy Schwarzman, Mark Wahlberg
- Co Producers: Ben Stillman, Brandon Grimes
- Executive Producers: Brandt Andersen, William S. Beasley, Remington Chase, Michael Corso, Anthony Gudas, Fredrik Malmberg, Stepan Martirosyan, Jeff Rice, Adi Shankar, Spencer Silna, Daniel Wagner
- Art Direction: Christina Eunji Kim
- Casting: Sheila Jaffe
- Costume Design: Betsy Heimann
- D.O.P.: Ben Seresin
- Editor: Cindy Mollo
- Makeup: Ann Masterson
- Musics: Atticus Ross, Leo Ross, Claudia Sarne
- Production Design: Tom Duffield
- Set Decoration: Leonard R. Spears
The mayor of New York City hires a disgraced ex-cop to identify his wife's lover, setting into motion a scandalous series of events in this post-noir thriller from director Albert Hughes (From Hell, The Book of Eli). Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) was on his way to becoming one of the Big Apple's top cops when a high-profile shooting cut his promising career short.
His reputation destroyed in the flash of a muzzle, Billy gets a break when the city's popular mayor (Russell Crowe) pulls some strings to ensure he doesn't serve time. Meanwhile, Billy puts his investigative skills to work as a private detective. When the mayor offers Billy $50,000 to expose his wife's infidelities, the offer is too good to pass up.
But by the time the mayor reveals his true intentions, Billy is already in too deep. Now, with his freedom -- and quite possible his life -- on the line, Billy will risk it all in a desperate bid to expose the truth, and seek redemption in a city where second chances don't come cheap.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: New Orleans, USA; New York City, USA
- MPAA Warning: Pervasive language, some sexual content and violence
- Production Budget: $35 million
- Production Companies: 1984 Private Defense Contractors, Black Bear Pictures, Closest to the Hole Productions, Emmett/Furla Films, Envision Entertainment Corporation, Leverage Communications, New Regency Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Valentina Films
- Production Schedule: 7 November 2011 - January 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "Having directed "From Hell" and "The Book of Eli" with his brother, Allen Hughes is breaking out on his own with this big city corruption drama. Wahlberg plays a New York cop hired by the mayor (Russell Crowe) to find out who has been sleeping with the mayor's wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Things get a lot more complicated when the cop is double-crossed and then framed by the mayor for an execution style killing carried out to hide the mayor's dirty secrets. Naturally, some ass-kicking revenge is on the cards.
Crowe and Wahlberg have starred in both good and bad films dealing with similar subject matter before, so a lot depends upon the quality of the writing and direction. Even though this is scribe Brian Tucker's first film, he has become something of a rising commodity in the script development world. Budgeted at an economical $35 million and shot on a fairly smooth schedule, the elements seem to be all in place.
Hughes claims that he's toned down any of his usual overly showy directorial flourishes for this film. He's also indicated that his aim is to let a good story stand on its own terms, and let the actors really sell their parts. 'City' is set to hit screens in the mid-late January slot, a good time for mid-range performers such as 'Eli' which made $157 million worldwide."