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Broken City (2013)

J.A.A. Purves

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Someone writing over at IMDb hit the nail on the head with this title to their review - Smarter than you'd think, but never as clever as you'd hope. Broken City is a well acted, for the most part well written, excellently shot investigative/political thriller, that holds your attention throughout, but seems several scenes short of becoming a truly memorable film. Kind of the same reaction I had to last years Ides of March, except in the case of Broken City I kept wondering if there had been some studio tinkering done to the film, or perhaps the fact that there were 21 credited producers was just too many people putting in their two cents. It felt chopped down in a couple of places, and some subplots just seemed to end without any real resolution. Still, it didn't necessarily feel like the throwaway films that usually get released at this time of year. Crowe gives one of his better performances, and I really enjoyed Jeffrey Wright as an NYPD Commissioner. Wahlberg does well as the detective who should stick to uncovering love nests, rather than get in too deep with politics. Definitely worth a look on the big screen. Hughes and his cinematographer Ben Seresin do a great job at making a modern day detective story in New York feel as though it could have been filmed in the seventies.

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