Broken City

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Broken City
Release date: January 18, 2013
Directed by: Allen Hughes
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper, Alona Tal, Natalie Martinez, Kyle Chandler

In a city that could have been any place except New York as well, morals are compromised for benefits and that’s what forms the basis of Broken City. Set in the bylanes and bridges, especially bridges, of New York tells a tale of a few in-the-spot bureaucrats who’ve all got their own personal dilemmas.

Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) is involved in a controversial shooting incident while on duty with the New York City Police. He is let off by Mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe) and police authority  Carl Fairbanks (Jeffrey Wright) Seven years later, Taggart is a private eye detective now and he’s running high on debts. After much fending and seeking, he’s contacted again by Mayor Hostetler, who’s also involved in a few potentially disdaining decisions. He offers him $50,000 to spy on his wife, Cathleen Hostetler (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and find out who she’s having an affair with.

Cathleen is a human rights commission head who simply says something about ‘not being bullied by the powerful’ at a summit and without any background you’re expected to believe that the statement was against her husband’s bet to sell off Bolton Village (a part of NY city) for four billion dollars. Soon Kathy (Alona Tal) – Billy’s assistant figures out that she’s having an affair with rival Councilman Jack Valliant’s (Barry Pepper) man Friday Paul Andrews (Kyle Chandler) And there’s obviously more to it than what meets the eye.

Ben Seresin’s cinematography is particularly capturing and riveting, and there are 5 shots of the same bridge. It must be pivotal, but I don’t even know what it’s called. (I’M NOT FROM NY FOR GOD’S SAKE!) The performances of all actors are fine, but there’s not much depth to the actual protagonists’ characters. There’s a reasoning and backstory to the lead’s secretary, his in-laws and even a third party bigshot. The plot is holding but it isn’t knock-you-out-of-the-seat moment when you’re expecting something to pay you off with the entire suspicion angle with Paul Andrew’s murder.

The film delivers to its title but isn’t much what you’ve never seen before. The background score, casting and the look of the film provide the strength to what it lacks in entirety.

My rating: **1/2  (2.5 out of 5)

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    • Dikshant
    • January 21st, 2013

    Reblogged this on The Official page of Dikshant Ghimire and commented:
    a must watch movie !!

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