Thursday, January 17, 2013
Broken City Review - 2 Stars
Mark Wahlberg plays an ex cop who leaves the force after pulling something a little shady touched on in the opening scene. Years pass and big city mayor Russell Crowe hires Wahlberg, now a private eye, to tale Crowe’s wife. Catherine Zeta Jones fits the role of adulterous wife nicely. Shots get fired, cars get chased, bodies pile up and Wahlberg uncovers a murky real estate deal. “Broken City” has a great cast but doesn’t give them much of a story. Wahlberg does his best with a series of dead ends. A subplot with Wahlberg’s girlfriend actually drew laughs (she gets her big acting break in a steamy movie which includes a sex scene that drives Mark off the wagon after years of staying sober.) The fine actor Jeffrey Wright adds a little class but doesn’t do much more than hurrumph while Russell Crowe spends most of his screen time yelling and bullying. Gee fellas, this could have been a contender. Does it deliver what it promises? No. Is it entertaining? hard to follow. It is worth the price of admission? Skip it.