Broken City (2013)
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.