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||IMDB Rating: 6.2/10 from R votes
||Release: 18 January 2013 (USA) /
||Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
||Stars: Alona Tal, Barry Pepper, Britney Theriot, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Griffin Dunne, James Ransone, Jeffrey Wright, Kyle Chandler, Luis Tolentino, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Beach, Natalie Martinez, Odessa Sykes Feaster, Russell Crowe, Tony Bentley
||Synopsis: In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) is a New York city cop who got off on a
technicality following his execution of a supposed rapist/murder.
Discharged from the force by his Captain (Jeffrey Wright), Taggart is
viewed highly by Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe) for taking out the
trash with a common thug. Seven years later, Hostetler, amidst a re-
election battle against golden boy city councilman Jack Valliant (Barry
Pepper), hires Taggart to find out who is sleeping with his gorgeous
wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). As Taggart follows, he uncovers a much
In his first solo outing, Allen Hughes (one half of the Hughes brothers
that brought us "The Book of Eli") now offers a stylish, dark vision of
corruption in New York. The ladies are beautiful and all have something
to hide, the men are violent and vicious and the story is ripped out of
countless true-to-life headlines. "Broken City" lives up to its name
and fires a slug packed with intrigue and intelligence. That doesn't
necessarily translate to mean "clever".
The story sold in the trailer is a bit misleading, but perhaps that's
the point. Mayor Hostetler's hiring of the true-blue cop Taggart is
only a minor segment of a much larger puzzle. It involves cops,
businessmen, and politicians in bribery and exploitation with a prize
that all but Billy seem to seek: power. Overall that is the film's
theme and it more than adequately conveys it. If you understand that
and aren't looking for much else, "Broken City" is your ticket.
As I was watching the film I kept thinking that there must have been
some significant cutting and re-editing. Perhaps the original cut was
too dry so they added in some scenes and cut some to make the film seem
more edgy. But it doesn't seem as edgy as it could have been. A number
of subplots (for instance Billy's actress girlfriend, or the
undeveloped father-son relationship between two of the villains) go
nowhere and remain unresolved when the screen goes black. I felt much
the same way.
Mark Wahlberg does an excellent job playing Mark Wahlberg, a role he
was born to play. Catherine Zeta-Jones is as beautiful and commanding
as ever in a role that is too short for the movie. But it is Russell
Crowe who devours his scenes with the political intensity I would
suppose is necessary for any real Mayor of New York. Even as the script
built around Billy lags, Crowe tears apart his role. He shows why he is
truly one of the best actors in the business.
The supporting cast of this film are as much a draw as the leads.
Jeffrey Wright, the usual supporting character with more power than he
lets on, plays the secretive Police Commissioner. His character is
introduced as a stock role but ends up being much more. Kyle Chandler
has a small role that deserved to be expanded. Barry Pepper, who wasn't
even featured in the trailer, is the only actor in the film with the
same bravado as Crowe. His scenes, particularly one with Wright and
Wahlberg, are indicative of why he should be the one on the poster, now
buried in the bottom credits.
Overall "Broken City" kept my attention but left me hungry for more. I
suppose that is all you can ask for at the movies. I would take this
Tags for Broken City Full Movie
, Barry Pepper
, Britney Theriot
, Catherine Zeta-Jones
, Griffin Dunne
, James Ransone
, Jeffrey Wright
, Kyle Chandler
, Luis Tolentino
, Mark Wahlberg
, Michael Beach
, Natalie Martinez
, Odessa Sykes Feaster
, Russell Crowe
, Tony Bentley
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