BROKEN CITY

Pervasive Foul Language

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Release Date: January 18, 2013

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe,
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey
Wright, Barry Pepper, Alona
Tal, Natalie Martinez

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 109 minutes

Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.

Director: Allen Hughes

Executive Producer: Jeff Rice, Daniel Wagner,
Brandt Andersen, William S.
Beasley, Michael Corso,
Anthony Gudas, Fredrik
Malmberg. Stephan Martirosyan,
Adi Shankar, Spencer Silna

Producer: Allen Hughes, Randall Emmett,
George Furla, Steve Levinson,
Mark Wahlberg, Teddy
Schwartzman, Arnon Milchan

Writer: Brian Tucker

Address Comments To:

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Jim Gianopulos, Chairman/CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox 2000/Fox Atomic/FoxFaith)
10201 West Pico Blvd.; Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000; Website: www.fox.com

Content:

(BB, C, Ho, PC, Ho, LLL, VV, SS, N, AA, MM) Strong moral worldview in thriller about a proudly Catholic ex-cop turned private investigator who gets caught up in a scandal when the New York City mayor hires him to spy on his wife, plus gratuitous politically correct, pro-homosexual scene shows mayor’s wife promoting same-sex marriage at a rally; at least 140 obscenities and profanities; strong violence includes a shadowy, non-graphic fight between ex-cop and two men with baseball bats, the ex-cop stands over a rapist he just shot dead, cop waterboards a suspect for answers to his investigation, cop shot at in one scene briefly before fleeing in a car chase that careens through crowded city streets, and a dead body with somewhat bloody bullet holes found on the street; protagonist sees live-in girlfriend having sexual relations with another man; upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; no smoking or drugs; and, a culture of corruption in the city and its mayor’s office, lying, private detective hired under false pretenses.

Summary:

BROKEN CITY stars Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in a story about a private detective fighting city corruption after being hired by the mayor under false pretenses. BROKEN CITY is too clichéd, with lackluster performances. Also, the story’s moral elements are undercut by pervasive foul language and brief but graphic lewd content.

Review:

BROKEN CITY is a mediocre thriller about a proudly Catholic ex-cop turned private investigator, who gets caught up in a scandal when the New York City mayor hires him to spy on his wife. BROKEN CITY has a moral worldview due to the hero fighting corruption. However, undercutting this positive content is a lackluster script, lackluster performances, a really excessive amount of foul language, a rather graphic but brief sex scene, and some strong violence.

In the movie, Mark Wahlberg plays Billy Taggert, a New York City cop stripped of his badge by the mayor years ago when he shot a Latino man who he believed raped and killed his girlfriend’s sister. Taggert becomes a private detective. Now, seven years later, the mayor calls him into his office the weekend before a new mayoral race is ending. Taggert accepts the mayor’s $50,000 offer to spy on the mayor’s wife and see who she’s having an affair with so the mayor can cover it up from the media.

It turns out that the alleged lover is the campaign manager for the mayor’s opponent. Also, the man and the mayor’s wife are merely trading secrets over a massive real estate scandal involving the mayor. As Taggert discovers what’s really happening, the betrayals pile up and people start to die.

BROKEN CITY has two great lead actors in Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg, but the plot is too trite and average to make it truly compelling. Also, Director Allen Hughes allows the two leads to largely mumble their way through their performances, making it hard sometimes to follow the complex mix of characters sometimes. While it’s always fun to see a story about a cop bringing down a corrupt machine of evildoers, the actual scandal in BROKEN CITY isn’t compelling enough when revealed. Thus, the movie feels bland and doesn’t satisfy expectations. In addition, the foul language is so lazy and frequent that it becomes distracting from the plot itself. All told, BROKEN CITY is a mediocre effort. Most moviegoers probably will find it isn’t worth high ticket prices.

In Brief:

BROKEN CITY stars Mark Wahlberg as Billy Taggert. Billy’s a New York cop stripped of his badge by the mayor years after a questionable shooting. Taggert becomes a private detective. Now, seven years later, the mayor calls him into his office the weekend before an election. Taggert accepts the mayor’s $50,000 offer to spy on the mayor’s wife, who’s cheating on him. The mayor wants to know who the man is so he can cover it up from the media. As Taggert discovers what’s really happening, the betrayals pile up and people start to die.

BROKEN CITY has two great lead actors in Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg as the mayor and the detective. However, the plot is too clichéd to make it compelling. Also, the two leads mumble their way through their scenes. It can be entertaining to see a cop bringing down evildoers, but the actual scandal in BROKEN CITY isn’t compelling. In addition, the foul language is so lazy and frequent that it becomes distracting from the plot itself. All told, BROKEN CITY is a mediocre effort.