Broken City


Political New York thriller with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe Discuss this article

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Though just about anything would have been preferable to his warbling turn in last month’s Les Misérables, there’s real pleasure in watching Russell Crowe throw himself into the zesty role of a crooked New York politician. Crowe’s Mayor Hostetler is an oily, two-faced scoundrel, the kind of fat-cat foe Hollywood is churning out a lot these days.

A political thriller that’s never quite as smart as you wish it were, Broken City pits this scheming one-percenter against a working-class adversary: disgraced detective Billy Taggart (Wahlberg), who now works as a private eye. Hired to spy on Hostetler’s wife (Zeta-Jones), our hero uncovers a deeper conspiracy involving an upcoming election and a massive real-estate scam.

Noir in narrative if not aesthetic, Allen Hughes’s thriller trots out several familiar genre components, while the plot contains echoes of Chinatown. Broken City never asks its gumshoe to repent for the blood on his own hands, and the anti-corruption but pro-vigilantism ethics here are especially murky.

By AA Dowd
Time Out Doha,

Broken City

  • Duration: 109
  • Released: Thu, 07 Feb
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Allen Hughes
  • Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper, Alona Tal, Natalie Martinez

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