Broken City – 2 out of 5
Ah, the story of political corruption. Such a staple in the world of cinema (and the real world) that I think it would actually be quite shocking if we got a movie that featured a decent politician doing decent things with a clean record…but where’s the fun in that?
|All good politicians maintain a minimum of 5 minutes of unflinching eye-|
contact when meeting potential voters.
|"Hostetler called me a stinkyface."|
|"And further more, my opponent is of questionable|
sexual preference and his mother tends to be
|"Maybe if I stare intensely enough, he'll say 'hi' to his mother for me..."|
Even the cast seems uninspired by the film as all the performances are either given with a “whatever, let’s just get it over with” mentality or just done with mediocrity in sight. Despite having a great cast that, beyond the inclusion of Crowe and Zeta Jones, also had Jeffrey Wright and Barry Pepper. However, I have to say the best performance in the film was Pepper and what his character of the rival political figure goes through was performed incredibly well. Even Wahlberg, an actor I usually only enjoy in comedies and nothing else the rest of the time, was fairly decent as Taggart. Overall, though, all the performances were “by-the-numbers” and didn’t really showcase the talents of all the players within it.
|"I wish he would apologize for calling me a stinkyface. That was really mean."|
Broken City could have been an interesting political/crime thriller that, even at its weakest, would have been worth at least a rental but the film feels like it’s coasting at its every level for the entire running length of the film. The movie never does anything outright terrible but it really doesn’t feel like it’s trying at all either. This movie is the equivalent of my first job making sandwiches at a popular sandwich restaurant when I was in high school (for the sake of anonymity, I won’t reveal its name but tell you that, while employed there, I was somewhat of a sandwich artist). I basically went through the motions, did the bare minimum that was required of me and never went beyond. That’s pretty much what Broken City is doing; except when it’s over, you don’t have a footlong Cold Cut Combo with extra pickles in your possession...and maybe some Sun Chips.
|"Are you not entertained!!!*"|
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