‘Broken City’ Trailer: Mayor Russell Crowe Owns Mark Wahlberg

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The trailer for Allen Hughes’ Broken City uses Kanye West’s over-played “Power” as shorthand for its Neo-Noir themes about institutional corruption, personified in the eponymous metropolis’ mayor (Russell Crowe) and a former police officer (Mark Wahlberg) who becomes his stern-faced pawn in a greater political scheme.

Nonetheless, the actual film still looks like a solid contemporary tale of greed and murder, ripe with all the deceitful politicians and protagonists-with-a-dark-past you expect in modern films that emulate the classic age of Noir (see: Chinatown, L.A. Confidential, etc.). Chalk that up to the accomplished cast and good direction from one-member of the Hughes Brothers (From Hell, The Book of Eli).

Broken City tells the sordid tale of ex-cop Billy Taggart (Wahlberg), who is hired by New York City Mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Crowe) to investigate his unfaithful wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and determine who she’s having an affair with. Taggart does just that, but realizes too late that he’s now involved himself in a much larger and more dangerous scandal – one that Hostetler has ensured he cannot escape, since the politician has uncovered the dirt on Taggart’s not-so-clean record.

The pulpy plot mechanics in Broken City – scripted by newcomer Brian Tucker – seem conventional, but that’s to be expected in a story like this. It’s the execution that makes the difference, and, as mentioned before, Hughes looks to do a good job bringing those familiar events to life in a visually-captivating manner. Wahlberg seems decent as the lead, but it’s Crowe who looks to steal the show as a seedy, yet slick, villain.

broken city trailer Broken City Trailer: Mayor Russell Crowe Owns Mark Wahlberg

Wahlberg and Crowe live in ‘Broken City’

Broken City boasts a supporting cast full of credible character actors, like Jeffrey Wright (Source Code), Natalie Martinez (End of Watch), Kyle Chandler (Super 8), Barry Pepper (True Grit) and Ambyr Childers (The Master). That’s not exactly a shabby lineup, especially for an early-year release like this.

On the other hand, this is Hughes’ first feature he directed without the assistance of his sibling Albert (whose own crime-thriller project, Motor City, is currently on indefinite hold) so that could affect the film in ways either good or bad. Broken City still seems to have the potential to be a more memorable genre exercise than Wahlberg’s Contraband  – in terms of cast and filmmaking talent – so that’s encouraging.

Look for Broken City to open in U.S. theaters on January 18th, 2013.

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  1. Russell Crowe with a sleazy perma tan……….sold!!

    Reminds me of A Perfect Murder with Michael Douglas

  2. Seen it, not a good movie. Has a sort of Trayvon Martin angle to part of it which was unintended (since it was filmed before that). Very slanted views politically where Republicans are evil, rich, and greedy, Democrats are idealistic and good. It had some decent moments, but was ultimately forgettable. Also, the trailer gives away way too much.

    • Have you really honestly seen this, or are you being a troll?

      • I have really, honestly seen this, a number of months ago. It was not a final cut, so certainly things could come together better with the way the movie is presented. The cast seemed really impressive, and Crowe was definitely the highlight, but overall it was a big let-down given the talent.

    • You realize making such a claim anonymously detracts from its credibility.
      Absent any details of when, where, and how it simply cannot be believed.

      • saw it in May, most films are shown to advance audiences so they know how to market a movie and whether to cut out scenes or add things to make it less confusing. You watch the movie and take a survey afterwards.

        • I see. I have heard about there are such screenings.
          Hopefully they learned something and made corrections.

  3. Just based on the trailer, it looks like A Perfect Murder (per Dr Kenneth Noisewater above) + Contraband + Shooter. ;-)

    • And that snap shot of Mark Wahlberg with beard looks like The Perfect Storm. :-)

      • It’s like a Mark Wahlberg mega mix tape! His greatest hits all rolled into one movie! Let’s hope they left out the homage to Max Payne and The Happening

  4. love Wahlberg on Crime Dramas

  5. As a New Yorker, I have to say that Russell Crowe’s accent is godawful. I mean bad enough that it distracted me throughout the whole trailer. Jeebus.

  6. Russell Crowe looks and sounds perfect. His accent is authentic.
    That’s from me, a lifelong New Yorker born in Brooklyn and living in Manhattan.

    • Yeah what’s that guy on about?!

      You don’t question the integraty of Maximus, the nobility of Jor El and the Wisdom of Noah!!

  7. Marc Welborg luukes greut et mit bee mai fuvorute meavie I wenna cee. Ressil Kroywe luukes fentistuc und uverythung luukes greut mi wenna cee tis meavie nest yuor. Sulud cest guud skrupt!

  8. Interest, there is usually one real good movie each January. this year was the grey for me. I think either this or gangster squad Will be great, maybe both since GS wasn’t originally a January movie.

  9. it feels like street kings but i think this is ganna be better.love crowe n walberg