“Broken City”

January 20th, 2013 at 3:29 pm by under A Look at the Movies

Three-StarRated R
1 hour 50 minutes

Starring: Russell Crowe, Mark Walberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Crime and corruption during New York’s bitter mayoral election makes “Broken City” an intriguing destination.

Especially since Russell Crowe relishes his ruthless nature as the shifty politician. Crowe’s performance gets my vote as the best reason for seeing this smart and sassy political thriller. It soon becomes apparent just what’s behind Crowe’s unlikely alliance with ex-cop Mark Walberg.

Walberg lives dangerously weaving through the tangled plot involving the mayor’s sinister administration.

Could the city’s first lady Catherine Zeta-Jones be two timing her unscrupulous public servant of a husband? Looks like there’s more dirty work for lapdog Walberg to do for his boss, the Mayor.

If anything, “Broken City” has too many unanswered questions. But the snappy screenplay exploring shady dealings in high places catches just the right mood of “Broken City” shenanigans.

The movie ticket you buy entitles you to a first rate political thriller, and you get what you pay for. In the proper spirit of the picture’s take on morality, you might even say “Broken City” deserves to be paid off with 3 stars. “Broken City” has all the ingredients for a zesty night at the movies.

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