Flash Movie Review: Broken City

Greed is that insidious demon that once fed will forever more be hungry. Through the years it seems as if there has been an increase in the amount of corruption and greed in the world. Living in a state that has had an over abundance of corrupt politicians, I find it absolutely despicable that the men and women who have been elected into public office have so little regard for the people who elected them. I guess having the adulation and support from the masses is not enough to support their egos. In this crime thriller corruption became a deadly business. Private investigator Billy Taggart, played by Mark Wahlberg (Ted, The Fighter) was hired by Mayor Nicholas Hostetler, played by Russell Crowe (Les Miserables, Robin Hood), to follow his wife Cathleen, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones (No Reservations, Entrapment). But when Billy discovered he was set up for a more diabolical reason, he would need his years of police training to seek out revenge. The idea behind this story was solid enough to have built an exciting, tense drama. Unfortunately the writer and director were ill equipped to make this happen. The acting was dull; Mark Wahlberg was beyond generic, having acted the same way 100 times before. There were fringe characters that popped in and out as the story tumbled into a mess. The only character I found interesting was Police Commissioner Carl Fairbanks, who was played by the underrated but always excellent actor Jeffrey Wright (Source Code, Quantum of Solace). I kept looking at my watch throughout this film; never a good sign. The only pleasure I received was from the quick ending, even with its cheesiness. I am afraid the real crime being done here was me buying a ticket to see this poorly done movie.

 

1 2/3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 23, 2013, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. It looks like a terrible movie. Thanks for the review, I won’t be seeing it.

  2. Thanks for the warning.

  3. Yes thanks for the headsup. I love when I don’t have to waste my money.

  4. ugh..i already wasted money by seeing this…wasn’t awful, but wasn’t good..love your reviews, you always get it right…sarah

  5. Completely agree with your review. To me it didn’t seem like anyone was trying hard enough to make the film live up to its potential. The acting was dull, the writing was lazy. Wahlberg has played nearly this same character quite well in a million other films, so I was very surprised that even he was unimpressive.

  6. I couldn’t agree more. This plays more like a TV movie of the week. A weak one at that.

  7. This is getting a lot of bad press. I admit, that’s what has kept me away from it.

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