Broken City

DVD - 2013
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Broken City
Seven years after being forced to resign as a New York city police officer, private detective Billy Taggart takes on his toughest case yet when he's hired to follow the mayor's wife. By the time the mayor reveals his true intentions, Taggart's already in too deep, with his freedom and possibly his life, on the line. Taggart will risk it all in a desperate bid to expose the truth and seek redemption in a city where second chances don't come cheap.


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Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones

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Feb 17, 2015
  • hecto rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A plausible plot, but it's a one actor film. Everything lights up when Russell Crowe walks onto the screen, but he alone can't carry this film across the finish line. More could have been made from this script. As others have commented, the film leaves the feeling that everybody just wanted to get it over with.

Feb 03, 2015
  • marx_bro rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

OK crime drama flick centered on political corruption.

Dec 01, 2014
  • 7duffy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Entertaining but not particularly suspenseful or surprising, as I had anticipated. Wahlberg was effective as former NYC detective, but Crowe's NY accent was awful and Catherine Zeta-Jones was barely a factor in this movie. Still, not a bad watch, if you don't expect too much from it.

Apr 13, 2014
  • Reynold_Nugter rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This show was "okay", but not great. The plot was rather uneven and muddled.

Feb 06, 2014
  • Bob rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Good cast and a script that seems very timely considering what's happening with Toronto City Council these days. The weak point for me was the storyline between Mark Wahlberg's character and his girlfriend. There is a very strange scene where she publicly complains about their relationship yet the viewer is given no indication prior that the relationship was in trouble, in fact quite the opposite.

Dec 27, 2013
  • kongjunior rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good movie, but it's what I call a "one-and-done": you see it once and don't need any repeat viewings. the ending was kind of rushed, as if the director wanted to tie up all the loose ends quickly.

Dec 16, 2013
  • bears1985 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.


Dec 13, 2013
  • Parineeta rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I felt like I was part of a test audience for this film while watching, it didn't seem finished but the cast acted well.

Dec 02, 2013
  • neonkc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

very good

Nov 10, 2013
  • xaipe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Tightly and solidly written neo-noir story of political corruption in Manhattan. The script is unusual in not relying on explosions, fireballs, or car chases to carry the story forward. Wahlberg was well-cast as the hard-boiled private detective, conveying both toughness & sensitivity. Russell Crowe, who has mellowed into a more subtle actor, is very good as the soft-spoken, menacing political candidate. Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is required to do little more than be beautiful and remember her lines is, as always, under-utilized. The plot takes an unexpected swerve toward the end, when the real purpose for Wahlberg's assignment is made clear. Good script, minimal gratuitous violence, good acting.

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Sep 26, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Sep 26, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill


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