Title – Broken City (2013)
Director – Allen Hughes (The Book of Eli)
Cast – Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper
Plot – Ex cop Billy Taggert (Wahlberg) is now working as a detective in New York City. His services are called upon by mayor of New York Mayor Hostetler (Crowe) on the eve of Election Day which he faces defeat by up and comer Jack Valliant (Pepper). Billy must investigate the affairs of Mayor Hostetler’s wife Cathleen (Zeta-Jones) but all is not as it seems, made worse by the shadowy past of Billy himself.
“There are some wars you fight and some wars you walk away from. This isn’t the fighting kind.”
Review by Eddie on 30/07/2013
It’s a very curious thing as to why an actor like Crowe or even Wahlberg (which is saying something for the guy that stars in almost any action flick put under his nose) wanted to star in a movie like Broken City. What we have here is one seriously average thriller plot boiler that doesn’t seem to register anything out of 1st gear and brings to question. What was the point of this unfathomably pointless film?
The story found in Broken City is pretty much cookie cutter mystery stuff. We have the detective with the shady past, the token hot and angry girlfriend, the creepy fake tan laden Mayor ect ect. The way in which revelations are put forward about the characters and whose cheating who is just not that interesting as most astute film fans will figure out the basics of the plot within the first half hour which is a shame considering the talent working on the picture.
Allen Hughes here directing without his offsider and brother Albert ads no visual sense or style that made his other movies such as Book of Eli and From Hell far more tolerable in all there averageness. Wahlberg is on auto pilot, Crowe gives a pretty much downright trashy performance as Mayor Hostetler and the rest of the cast seem hell bent on just collecting there pay check and running. After all this is said and done though it’s actually hard to give the movie a complete critical shellacking as there is nothing overly offensively bad about it.
Broken City is an average movie, made with good actors who put in average to lame performances. The story is average, the twists average and as a whole it’s you guessed it average! Average however is much better than some things out on the market, if you’re looking to kill almost 2 hours of your time there are far more broken efforts out there than this one, it would of just been nice for someone involved to say – “Hasn’t this been made before, and much better?” and then done something about it.
2 facial moles out of 5