Friday, 8 March 2013

FILM#21 BROKEN CITY (5.3.13)

Mark Wahlberg, Russel Crowe, Catherine Zeta Jones

A political crime thriller with no politics, no thrills and the only crime being that perpetrated against the innocent viewer.

Mark Wahlberg has one acting technique, that of acting dumb. Sometimes this works perfectly, like in Boogie Nights, The Fighter and Shooter and every other time it just drags everything down and makes for a boring movie, like this.

Broken City tries hard to emulate the feel of 70's gritty urban thrillers like Three Days of the Condor, The Parallax View and The French Connection but ends up just a dull, over-plotted, and bland thriller. Russel Crowe who proves with each film that his early success was sheer luck, over acts it as the corrupt Mayor desperate to win re-election and convinced his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones is having an affair. Marky Mark is a cop with the past hired by Crowe to investigate his wife and after that it's a series of slow car chases, rambling conversations and the odd murder as Wahlberg struggles to uncover a plot the audience worked out an hour earlier.

In a nut shell, quite boring.


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