Broken City has the makings of a generic political/crime thriller, but we're still intrigued because of its director: Allen Hughes. Working independently from his brother Albert for the first time on a feature, Allen is the half of the duo who works exclusively with the actors, and boy does he have some quality ones for this film.
Like Gangster Squad, Broken City promises a face-off between two powerhouse actors – in this case Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg - who are constantly at odds with each other. In the film, Wahlberg plays an ex-cop who gets stuck in the middle of a plot involving New York's Mayor (Crowe) and his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones), and ends up fighting for his life. It's not exactly the stylized subject matter Allen and his brother usually deliver, but the film certainly has its appeal.
Check out the trailer for Broken City.