Watch: Broken City 2013 123movies, Full Movie Online – In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the suspected rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks make the important evidence vanish and the case against Billy is dismissed by the judge; however, he is forced to leave the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey’s suspected victim.Billy’s secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign for Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy thinks that he has been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul’s murder..
Plot: In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor. Billy’s relentless pursuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise toughness, makes him an unstoppable force – and the mayor’s worst nightmare.
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|6.1/10 Votes: 80,756
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|49/100 | MetaCritic
|N/A Votes: 1269 Popularity: 17.425 | TMDB
Painting by numbers
I give this a five for the cast, but a two for the obtuse and predictable script, which inexplicably appeared on the Black List of best unproduced scripts — in which category it should have remained. In development hell for years, it should at the very least have undergone a major rewrite to simplify the story (which wanders all over the place and becomes dumber by the minute) and raised the tone up out of the gutter. Whichever studio execs placed this on the Black List need to stop sniggering over the dirty words and earn their money by figuring out just what constitutes a good script. Wahlberg is always a pleasure to spend time with but the phoniness of so many of the scenes and the clunkiest car chase ever defeat even his efforts to entertain. So much of this movie is predictable and so many scenes are actors simply going through their paces with inferior material. The gorgeous, gorgeous Catherine Zeta Jones is totally wasted in this piece of dreck. Somewhere in this movie there may originally have been a good idea about corruption in the city. Unfortunately nobody appears to have had the courage to grab it by the throat, beat it into shape and present it to the public with any wit, style or originality. Like it says in the header, this is painting by numbers.
Broken City; Irreparable film. Dull, contrived & 40 years late to the party.
To paraphrase Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe), there are some films you watch and some films you walk away from. This ain’t the watching kind.
Broken City is a forgettable film worth celebrating only because Russell Crowe, ‘fresh’ from Les Miserables, doesn’t sing in it. It’s not dreadful in a Movie 43 kind of way but don’t confuse it with Broken, a vastly different and infinitely superior film.
What’s wrong with Broken City? It’s dull. It plods along, reluctant to arrive and, when it does it, it looks and feels as though it should have done so thirty-odd years ago. Everything feels second hand and outdated. Russell Crowe sports a mullet only the cruelest of mothers would have inflicted on their child in the 70s, much of the incidental music could have been lifted and diluted from Stewart Copeland’s score for The Equalizer and Catherine Zeta-Jones rehashes the same character she’s played throughout her career.
Unfortunately, we’ve come to expect ham from Crowe in recent years, but we expect more from Mark Wahlberg, the star power here. But he, too, has pulled an old character out of the wardrobe to dress himself in and it looks distinctly worn out since we saw it in Contraband.
The dialogue is predictable, the plot even more so. Cop-turned private eye, Billy Taggart (Wahlberg) variously works for and crosses swords with the mayor, who just happens to be in an election campaign against Jack Valliant (Billy Pepper playing the supporting man with pained expression again) and is up to his neck in a dodgy deal worth millions to sell half the city. Taggart may not be whiter than snow (what cop is?), Mrs. Hosteleter (Zeta-Jones) is the bitch-vamp with attitude who despises her husband and Taggart’s old boss, Fairbanks (Jeffery Wright), is probably up to at least his waist in something unpleasant.
It started poorly but I hoped it might pick up. Unfortunately, screenwriter Brian Tucker (who, incidentally, has absolutely nothing else to his credit on IMDb! What does that say?) is unable to save it from drowning in its own juices. He shovels on information to helps us understand as though educating monkeys, but appears to have forgotten what he wrote on the previous pages. In one scene we watch an aide dump a rubbish bag filled with hush-hush city plans only for Taggart to find them; in the next we watch the same team hastily shredding evidence.
There’s probably some action and the odd smart quip, but to be honest I had more fun trying to plait my arm hair.
I’d like to say my evening improved but I attempted to wash my brain out with a screening of Fire With Fire.
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Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 49 min (109 min)
Genre Action, Crime, Drama
Director Allen Hughes
Writer Brian Tucker
Actors Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Country United States
Awards 1 win
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, Datasat, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa Studio, Panavision Primo and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory Company 3, Los Angeles (CA), USA (digital intermediate)
Film Length 2,969 m (Portugal, 35mm), 2,976 m (6 reels)
Negative Format Codex
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (2.8K) (source format), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Fuji Eterna-CP 3514DI), D-Cinema