Rated: R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: January 18, 2013 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
Director, Allen Hughes attempts to show the bottom of the top level of power in a large American city. As time passes allies Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) and Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe) part ways and work against each other.
Mayor Hostetlier (Crowe) is presently in a tight campaign but has all the power of the incumbent on his side, but the Bolton Village project pegged to be a place for residents is not quite on the up and up and that crack begins to turn Taggart (Wahlberg) against the mayor who protected him when he shot and killed the murder of a young girl when he was a police officer. Taggart now only has a private eye office to make a living from. The big prize offered by the Mayor ($50,000) to Taggart is on the surface to watch over Mrs. Hostetler (Catherine Zeta-Jones), just in case she is having an affair, but we all know something else is going on.
Crowe attempts to be a macho strong arm type of Mayor but he doesn't reach that point of complete control which the old time Mayors in big cities held. Perhaps he just doesn't look the part. Wahlberg is perfect he plays the same part again, the tough uncompromising not so polished guy who is fighting up hill.
Britney Theriot as Taggart's secretary is the best part of the picture so is her role. She is the girl Friday, always on top of issues and one step ahead of each Taggart request.
Broken City has a lot to say and a great deal of twist, but the script appears lost at times and too tricky. Something is missing or there is too much to un-break the city. Even with the murder of a campaign manager close to the election, along with knowing that life style choice is a key to the solution we are anxious to leave Broken City.