Mark Wahlberg Takes On Russell Crowe In Exclusive ‘Broken City’ Clip

If there is one thing that we know and love about Mark Wahlberg, it’s that he is very convincing in action-heavy and physically demanding roles that require him to wield weapons, takedown bad guys and just be a general badass.

Not that we don’t love his comedic chops, because he’s more than proven that he can be just as solid in comedies a la “Ted” but we’re always a little extra excited when there is a Wahlberg-led action movie on the horizon, like the forthcoming crime/action/political thriller “Broken City.”

MTV News was lucky enough to get our hands on an exclusive new clip from the film, which does a nice job of setting the tone of the film without getting too complicated. Check it out!

Here we meet charming/slightly smarmy city mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe) who has hired Billy Taggart (Wahlberg) to find the man sleeping with the Mayor’s wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Once Taggart finds his target, things quickly unravel and he finds out that there is a lot more to the story than he originally thought. Basically, the Mayor set him up for a fall, and now Taggart needs revenge, which he might be planning with the help of Hostetler’s wife. From there we see Wahlberg being his badass self, intimidating criminals/possible accomplices in the Mayor’s plot, shaking people down trying to find out the truth, which all lead up to what looks to be an excellent showdown between Crowe’s and Wahlberg’s characters.

This star-studded, complicated, action-packed affair is the first solo directorial effort by Allen Hughes who previously co-directed “Book of Eli” and “Menace II Society” with his twin brother Albert. The rest of the impressive ensemble cast includes Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”), Jeffrey Wright (“Source Code”), Barry Pepper (“True Grit”), and Justin Chambers (“Grey’s Anatomy”).

“Broken City” opens everywhere January 18.