The Cinema Cynic

broken city


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

You may like this if you like: City Hall (Harold Becker, 1996), State of Play (Kevin Macdonald, 2009), Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)

In New York private investigator and ex cop Billy Taggart (Wahlberg) is hired by Mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Crowe) to investigate his wife’s infidelity. Desperate for the money, Taggart is happy to accept and tries to uncover the identity of the man before an approaching mayoral election. Despite warnings from Hostetler’s wife (Zeta-Jones) Taggart reveals to Hostetler that the man in question is Paul Andrews (Kyle Chandler), the campaign manager for Hostetler’s rival and favourite Jack Valiant (Barry Pepper) to win the election. However, as anyone who has even seen the poster will know, later developments reveal things to be far more complicated.

If you ever want a definition of ‘genre piece’, then Broken City comes pretty close to that. Even…

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