Broken City


Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 28%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 41%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 68890


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Mark Wahlberg as Billy Taggart
Catherine Zeta-Jones as Cathleen Hostetler
Russell Crowe as Mayor Hostetler
Natalie Martinez as Natalie Barrow
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849.12 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 49 min
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1hr 49 min
P/S 6 / 17

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dromasca 5 / 10

broken city, messy movie

Sometimes telling the idea or describing the synopsis of the film is much clearer than the feeling that we had while viewing it. This is exactly my feeling about Broken City, a political thriller taking place in the days between the New York City mayoral elections (with a prologue and some flashbacks added). The story (a corruption case at the level of the candidates involved in the campaign including the incumbent mayor) and the cast should have provided the premises of a - at least - a good thriller. And yet, the outcome, in my opinion, disappoints.

The name of the lead hero in the film is Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg). He is an ex-cop and the film starts with the episode which cut short his career in the police, a moment when apparently he was easy on the trigger on what seems to be a vigilante killing of a guy everybody hated. Turned into a private investigator he is involved in working for the New York mayor (Russell Crowe) in the final days of the election campaign. He seems to be a honest type, but involvement with politics is not made for honest people, especially as they have a dept to pay to the politician who supported him in his dark hours. All the story however becomes more complicated as the film develops, and the details (mostly related to real estate fraud) are never clear enough or interesting enough. The final is also far from convincing, with a final twist that was hard to believe, belonging to the psychology of self sacrifice.

There are certainly reasons to watch this film I admired the quality of the actors - Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones. I wrote actors and not acting, because I do not believe that their roles here are any peak of their acting careers. The principal problem of this film is the story telling, too many threads, none of them too clear, some interrupted suddenly as the relation between the hero and his girlfriend, a character that simply disappears from the story with no much explanation. Broken City ends by being much less that it could have been.

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 3 / 10

If you suffer from vertigo, stay away from this movie

There's really only one reason you'll sit through Broken City: to watch three good-looking people up on the big screen. It's always a more enjoyable movie when the stars are pretty to look at, isn't it? In this one, Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, and Catherine Zeta-Jones headline, but it's really only Catherine who looks particularly pretty. Russell has a strange hairdo and Mark just looks tired.

Ex-cop Mark is a private detective, and Russell, the mayor of New York City calls in a favor. He's up for re-election, and he thinks his wife Catherine is cheating on him. To pre-empt the tabloids and opposition team, he asks Mark to spy on her and find evidence. But there's much more than meets the eye. . .

To be honest, there's a lot more than meets the eye, and it's called a handheld camera. I went to see this movie with my mom, who suffers from vertigo, and the film was so devastating to her health, it took her over two years to fully recover. The camera is nearly constantly moving, turning, and swerving, and there are several scenes with strobing police lights, so if you suffer from the same ailment, stay very far away from this movie.

As far as "dirty politician double-crosses the average Joe" movies go, Broken City isn't above average. It's pretty predictable and will only really appeal to fans of the cast. Young, impressionable girls who want to drool over Mark Wahlberg and young, impressionable boys who want to drool over Catherine Zeta-Jones will probably be the happiest audience members. Rent it, you youngsters, for a fun date night!

DLM warning: If you suffer from vertigo or dizzy spells, like my mom does, this movie is not your friend. It's exclusively filmed with a handheld, active camera, and there are several scenes with strobing police lights. It will make you sick. In other words, "Don't Look, Mom!"

Reviewed by cinemajesty 6 / 10

The Price Of Mediocrity

Film Review: "Broken City" (2013)

After splitting with his twin brother Albert Hughes, with whom he started out directing in 1992 at an age of just twenty delivering a powerful boys-in-the-hood-study "Menace II Society" (1993), Director Allen Hughes takes on a needlessly written original script by Brian Tucker, which attracted two major Hollywood actors Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg to confront each other in the Mayor's office of New York City unwinding a story of false moves, living lies and a fulfilling redemption theme for the character of Billy Taggart (Wahlberg), who started out as NYPD detective and ending up as private investigator, losing everything he stands for in just seven years of his life before being able to prove foul play and corruption between the walls of City Hall, under the active support by chief inspector Carl Fairbanks, portrayed in dignified manner by Jeffrey Wright; in an unsatisfying showdown confrontation between the character of Billy Taggart and Mayor Hostetler, performed by even more energy-spreading Russell Crowe, who seemed to have been up for a major scene in recent motion picture history with Mark Wahlberg, which unfortunately could not been pin pointed by Director Allen Hughes, who leaves an unless capable cinematographer Ben Seresin in encircling Steadicam motions for the off-setting scene between the opponents in the first Act of the movie to come to an total halt for the resolution scene in Act 3, which takes place again in an unimaginatively office interior designed by Tom Duffield, who could not connect to former neo-noir extravaganza as art director for Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands (1990) or even years later as production designer for Director Gore Verbinski's remake of "The Ring" in 2002; leaving "Broken City" in an unrepeatable constellation of ready-to-go actors, who actually still save the movie to be a total fall-out, thanks additionally to Catherine Zeta-Jones and Barry Pepper; a further undecided director, who hardly finds his stand-alone signature after the brother's departure from "The Book of Eli" (2010) by for example just letting the leads improvise to a maximum of full frontal confrontations in closed up sets; nail-biting producers, all up front Arnon Milchan, who needed to keep going fast off to the next picture to not lose a streak of otherwise selling seat-filling movies; keeping "Broken City" in remains as the movie directed by Allen Hughes in limbo of mediocrity with the final twist to wish for.

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