BROKEN CITY Add To My Top 10
Pervasive Foul Language
Release Date: January 18, 2013
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 109 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: Allen Hughes
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
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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.
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.