New ‘Broken City’ Trailer: Mark Wahlberg Takes on Russell Crowe’s Corrupt City

Published 2 years ago by , Updated January 2nd, 2013 at 6:10 pm,

Mark Wahlberg’s going to be showing up in several films next year, beginning with the Noir crime-drama Broken City from director Allen Hughes (working without his brother, Albert, for the first time) and costarring Oscar-winners Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The Broken City trailer foreshadows Wahlberg’s unscrupulous history and how it comes back to haunt him, after he’s hired for a dubious job by Crowe’s politician. Today, we have a new TV trailer that passes over that aspect of the film, in favor of teasing Wahlberg’s quest for retribution (once he realizes he’s been used, then doubled-crossed, by Crowe).

Wahlberg stars as Billy Taggart, a (former) respected New York police officer who now works as a private detective (with assistance from Natalie Martinez, End of Watch). Enter Crowe as NYC Mayor Nicholas Hostetler, an admired public figure who recruits Taggart to quietly investigate his wife (Zeta-Jones) and find out who she’s having an affair with. Taggart complies, but soon stumbles upon the truth – that he’s inadvertently become part of a much larger-conspiracy – and sets out to get some payback, once the conniving mayor attempts to blackmail Taggart into keeping his head down and mouth shut.

The Broken City cast is rounded out by Kyle Chandler (Zero Dark Thirty), Jeffrey Wright (The Ides of March), Barry Pepper (Snitch) and Justin Chambers (Grey’s Anatomy). Meanwhile, screenwriting duties were handled by relative first-timer Brian Tucker, who Warner Bros. originally lined up to script the Sympathy for Lady Vengeance American remake – before Oscar-winner William Monahan (The Departed) took over that job instead.

broken city mark wahlberg New Broken City Trailer: Mark Wahlberg Takes on Russell Crowes Corrupt City

Mark Wahlberg in ‘Broken City’

Trailer-wise, the new TV promo jumps about more than its predecessor; however, it also does a better job of keeping the lid on the twist involving Crowe’s schemes to keep Wahlberg from spilling the beans about his illicit activities. Once again, the former impresses, with his fake-tan and convincing accent; meanwhile, Wahlberg occupies familiar, but comfortable, character territory. Similarly, Hughes’ direction looks as solid and confident as his past collaborations with brother Albert (Dead Presidents, From Hell, The Book of Eli).

In other words: Broken City might not go down as the most memorable Wahlberg vehicle next year - Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain is the current frontrunner in that category – but as far as early January releases go, you could do far worse.


Broken City opens in U.S. theaters on January 18th, 2013.

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  1. How many movies is Marky-Mark in?! IS he trying to dethrown Samuel L. Jackson? :o)

    • Mark does seem to be everywhere these days, doesn’t he?
      I was initially skeptical of his acting but he is getting better.

      • I agree, the more films he is in the more he improves. I loved his performance ib the fighter. He just needs to work on his decision making, broken city yes transformers no!

  2. Russell Crowe has failed to disappoint on my ledger
    and for that alone I always see what he’s up to next.

    This movie at the minimum will contain intrigue from his
    performance and hopefully the supporting pieces fit
    together well enough to reveal a neat puzzle.

    While this probably does not classify as film noir
    there is slight mist of that old Hollywood air
    and that too piques my interest in this.

    • Agreed, plus its a january movie… what else is there to see? Lol

      • Gangster Squad :D

        • There is usually one good movie a year in january imo. This year the grey, last year source code. I think this year has a chance of multiple with zdt being released late along with gangster squad.

      • You are right, Trey. There is the usual January lull
        where this film seems to be a comfortable fit to
        fill the time along with Justified on television.

  3. Looks like a great ride. BRING SALLY UP!!!!!

  4. Marky Mark at his best, love to see him in crime dramas

  5. Why is that song always used in movie trailers. Stick with originals (instrumentals)

  6. Been awhile since a good East Coast cop movie.

  7. How could anyone hire Mark Wahlberg after what he said about 9/11? Disgusting. Where I come from we have things called respect and morals

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