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Broken City (2013)

Director:
Allen Hughes
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller/Crime
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Broken City
RUNNING TIME
108 minutes
Producer:
Randall Emmett
Mark Wahlberg
Stephen Levinson
Arnon Milchan
Teddy Schwarzman
Allen Hughes
Remington Chase
Screenwriter:
Brian Tucker


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Billy Taggart Mark Wahlberg
Mayor Nicholas Hostetler Russell Crowe
Cathleen Hostetler Catherine Zeta-Jones
Carl Fairbanks Jeffrey Wright
Jack Valliant Barry Pepper
Katy Bradshaw Alona Tal
Natalie Barrow Natalie Martinez
Tony Jansen Michael Beach
Paul Andrews Kyle Chandler
Todd Lancaster James Ransone
Sam Lancaster Griffin Dunne

 

Review

Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe battle wits and courage in this political thriller about corruption and power struggle set in a New York City which probably will seem too gritty and somewhat anachronistic, as director Allen Hughes (in his first film without brother Albert) aim to create a noirish film filled with the right combination of love, action and suspense. And while he makes the film look good and unfold at an agreeable pace, the problem is that the script is simply too formulaic and messy. The romantic subplots are underdeveloped, the plot, with all its thinly motivated twists and turns, seems to simply appear more than develop, and Crowe's character is disappointingly stereotypical. Thanks to a fine cast, Broken City may work usefully if you're willing to turn off your critical sense for a couple of hours.

Copyright 22.10.2013 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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