Broken City

Broken City

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Director: Allen Hughes

Cast: Allen Hughes, Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones

     
 

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In this modern noir from director Allen Hughes, his first fiction feature-length film in over a decade, Mark Wahlberg stars as Billy Taggart, a New York City private eye struggling to get his deadbeat clients to pay when he gets a call from Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe). His honor remembers Billy from seven years ago when, as a cop, the young man shot a rapist who… See more details below

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In this modern noir from director Allen Hughes, his first fiction feature-length film in over a decade, Mark Wahlberg stars as Billy Taggart, a New York City private eye struggling to get his deadbeat clients to pay when he gets a call from Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe). His honor remembers Billy from seven years ago when, as a cop, the young man shot a rapist who had been exonerated on a technicality. Back then, the Mayor told Billy he was a hero, but Billy was still forced off the job due to the public outcry and some incriminating evidence that never saw the light of day. Now the mayor needs someone he can trust to find out if his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is having an affair - a fact that could cause him considerable trouble seeing as Election Day is just a week away. As Billy digs for the truth, he uncovers layers of political corruption, and discovers he himself is nothing more than a pawn in a much bigger game. The film co-stars Jeffrey Wright as a police commissioner, Kyle Chandler as a political consultant, and Barry Pepper as the mayor's political rival.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
If your film involves a tough-talking private eye who is hired to investigate an extramarital affair involving one of the city's major power players, and he ends up discovering layer after layer of political corruption along the way, you're begging to be compared to Roman Polanski's noir masterpiece Chinatown. That's the very high bar director Allen Hughes sets for himself with Broken City. Mark Wahlberg stars as Billy Taggart, a New York City private gumshoe struggling to get his deadbeat clients to pay when he gets a call from Mayor Hostetler -- played with welcome gusto by Russell Crowe. His Honor remembers Billy from seven years ago when, as a cop, the young man shot a rapist who had been exonerated on a technicality. Back then, the mayor told Billy he was a hero, but Billy was still forced off the job due to the public outcry and some incriminating evidence that never saw the light of day. Now the politician needs someone he can trust to find out if his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is having an affair -- a fact that could cause him considerable trouble seeing as Election Day is just a week away. Soon Billy follows the wife, photographing her clandestine meetings with a man who turns out to be Paul Andrews (Kyle Chandler), a prominent figure in the campaign of city councilman Jack Valliant (Barry Pepper), the person running against the mayor. But of course in a film like this, nothing is as it seems, and when a major player in the mix turns up murdered, Billy realizes he might be a pawn in a much bigger game. Give Allen Hughes and freshman screenwriter Brian Tucker points for sprawl -- Broken City touches on a wide range of topics, including urban gentrification, survivor's guilt, racism, and closeted homosexuality -- but what they don't get any points for is originality or plausibility. Broken City is fine while you're watching it -- there's really no pretext that this is reality so you can forgive giant logical holes like how a former cop who was almost on trial, bringing thousands of protestors to city hall and waves of TV coverage with him, could possibly find work as a private eye, or why certain members of the city's power elite don't recognize him immediately because of his past. The cast also makes this genre entry go down smoothly. Catherine Zeta-Jones alternates between conniving and victimized, both with an overlay of sultriness, Jeffrey Wright is forceful as the police commissioner whose motives are never clear until the end, and Alona Tal nails a handful of funny lines as Billy's secretary. All of them help make this a watchable movie, but none of them can surmount the script's flaws to make it memorable. If you need a pithy, Twitter-ready review for Broken City it would be "Forget it Jake, it's not Chinatown."

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2013
UPC:
0024543832577
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
11,176

Special Features

A "Black List" Script; Anatomy of a Thriller; ; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Wahlberg Billy Taggart
Russell Crowe Mayor Nicolas Hostetler
Catherine Zeta-Jones Cathleen Hostetler
Jeffrey Wright Commissioner Colin Fairbanks
Barry Pepper Jack Valliant
Kyle Chandler Paul Andrews
Natalie Martinez Natalie Barrow
Griffin Dunne Actor
James Ransone Actor
Justin Chambers Actor
Alona Tal Katy Bradshaw

Technical Credits
Allen Hughes Director,Producer
Brandt Andersen Executive Producer
William Beasley Executive Producer
Remington Chase Producer
Tom Duffield Production Designer
Randall Emmett Producer
George Furla Executive Producer
Betsy Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Season Kent Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Lambert Executive Producer
Stephen Levinson Producer
Stepan Martirosyan Executive Producer
Morgan McGarry Executive Producer
Arnon Milchan Producer
Cindy Mollo Editor
Mudd Executive Producer
Jeff Rice Executive Producer
Atticus Ross Score Composer
Leopold Ross Score Composer
Claudia Sarne Score Composer
Teddy Schwarzman Producer
Ben Seresin Cinematographer
Adi Shankar Executive Producer
Spencer Silna Executive Producer
Brian Tucker Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Scott Vener Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Wahlberg Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Broken City
1. Scene 1 [2:22]
2. Scene 2 [5:03]
3. Scene 3 [3:30]
4. Scene 4 [3:29]
5. Scene 5 [6:20]
6. Scene 6 [3:32]
7. Scene 7 [1:28]
8. Scene 8 [4:03]
9. Scene 9 [2:00]
10. Scene 10 [3:37]
11. Scene 11 [2:06]
12. Scene 12 [2:58]
13. Scene 13 [5:33]
14. Scene 14 [4:35]
15. Scene 15 [4:15]
16. Scene 16 [5:54]
17. Scene 17 [3:29]
18. Scene 18 [3:33]
19. Scene 19 [2:15]
20. Scene 20 [4:54]
21. Scene 21 [2:48]
22. Scene 22 [:58]
23. Scene 23 [4:21]
24. Scene 24 [4:13]
25. Scene 25 [8:17]
26. Scene 26 [2:08]
27. Scene 27 [2:28]
28. Scene 28 [2:07]
29. Chapter 29 [6:04]

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