Mark Wahlberg & Alan Arkin in First Trailer for 'Spenser Confidential'

January 20, 2020
Source: YouTube

Spenser Confidential Trailer

"It's time you tell me what's really going on here." Netflix has debuted the first official trailer for Spenser Confidential, the latest film from the actor-director team-up Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg (of Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day, Mile 22). Based on the "Wonderland" book series, Wahlberg plays an ex-cop named Spenser, of course. Just out of prison and trying to escape Boston, he is sucked back into Boston's criminal underbelly when two Boston Police officers are murdered. He teams up with his no-nonsense roommate, Hawk, to take down some criminals in this Boston crime world action-comedy. Also starring Winston Duke, Alan Arkin, Colleen Camp, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael Gaston, Marc Maron, Iliza Shlesinger, with an appearance by Post Malone. This looks like exactly what you'd expect from Peter Berg, which nowadays means some forgettable action nonsense. Berg keeps churning these out.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Peter Berg's Spenser Confidential, from Netflix's YouTube:

Spenser Confidential Poster

Spenser (Mark Wahlberg) — an ex-cop better known for making trouble than solving it — just got out of prison and is leaving Boston for good. But he gets roped into helping his old boxing coach and mentor, Henry (Alan Arkin), with a promising amateur. That's Hawk (Winston Duke), a brash, no-nonsense MMA fighter convinced he'll be a tougher opponent than Spenser ever was. When two of Spenser's old colleagues turn up murdered, he recruits Hawk and his foul-mouthed ex-girlfriend, Cissy (Iliza Shlesinger), to help him investigate and bring the culprits to justice. Spenser Confidential is directed by American action filmmaker Peter Berg, director of the movies The Rundown, Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, Hancock, Battleship, Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day, and Mile 22 most recently. The screenplay is written by Brian Helgeland and Sean O'Keefe; adapted from novel "Robert B. Parker's Wonderland" by Ace Atkins. Produced by Peter Berg, Stephen Levinson, Neal H. Moritz, and Mark Wahlberg. Netflix will release Berg's Spenser Confidential streaming exclusively starting on March 6th in just a few months. Interested?

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Yikes. Incredibly formulaic. Bordering on SNL parody.

DAVIDPD on Jan 20, 2020


It does look as some standard and cheap attempt to get few quick bucks, but I like that joke about Batman and Robin...

shiboleth on Jan 20, 2020


Correct you are, shiboleth. I ranted above, but thought I'd recommend to you a film based on one of Parker's books titled Appaloosa. Directed and starring Ed Harris...along with Viggo M. and Renee Z. and even Jeremy Irons. It's a Western and a very, very good one. It was released in 2008 and they all got Parker's characters and story down the right way. Especially Harris directing and staring and he even had a hand in writing the script. Take a look if you can find it. Cheers.

thespiritbo on Jan 20, 2020


Thanks Bo, but ... I saw that one some time ago and you're right, it was good. And you're also right about something else, not many people know about it. I really liked it, as far as I can remember it. The trio of Mortensen, Harris and Zellweger were great in it. What is new here is the notion that it's related to a book. And that's another task for me (I have almost hundred unread books waiting, but, so what?). Anyway, thanks, for the tip. Of course, regardless the fact I know about it, do go on and recommed another one when you see it fit. I certainly trust in your taste ... Cheers ...

shiboleth on Jan 21, 2020


Thank you, shiboleth.

thespiritbo on Jan 21, 2020


Alex's observations on this and Berg are sure on the money. I have read all of Parker's Spenser novels and they're terrific. He didn't write the book this is based on. Some guy took over the series after Parker's death and they aren't worth the time to read. These guys, Berg and Wahlberg, and the writer of the newer books haven't a clue what Parker did with Spenser. They have the tone all wrong and have made this a ridiculous slapstick bit of silliness. Plus, the TV series back in 1985 was so much better with Robert Urich and Avery Brooks playing Spenser and Hawk. Especially Brooks as Hawk. That character is his and no one will ever be able to compare him. You couldn't drag me to see this silly nonsense of a movie.

thespiritbo on Jan 20, 2020


Now that I know this, I'm having reservations too. I was kinda already not in with that Post Malone cameo but I think all his scenes are in the trailer (hallerlerrrryah) Spenser for Hire was dope!

Whichhalfofthewit on Jan 20, 2020


Spenser For Hire was good. Brooks as Hawk will never be surpassed. Sort of like Brando will never be for his performance as Stanley in Street Car Named Desire. I ain't sayin' Brooks is a Brando, but he owned

thespiritbo on Jan 21, 2020


I completely forgot about the TV series and now realize what this is trying to rip off! Good call out @npr-be1b4d5930a3ad3b5ada2a8236376237:disqus!

THE_RAW_ on Jan 21, 2020

10 you, Sir! I'm pleased some remember the series. I was really impressed and still am with Brooks as Hawk. He was spot on perfect!

thespiritbo on Jan 21, 2020


Check out top billing of Mark Wahlberg across the top of that poster! *SMH* I haven't watched a movie with Wahlberg since The Fighter and I definitely won't continue with this one. This looks like bottom of the barrel, throwaway action trash. This stuff might've played in the '90's, but these type of action movies don't work anymore, especially with the rise of the John Wick franchise.

THE_RAW_ on Jan 21, 2020

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