Thursday, May 2 2013, 12:40 PM MDT
Blu-ray Review: Broken City
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Street Date: April 30, 2013
Available On: Digital Download, DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Synopsis: Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg), a disgraced police officer turned private detective, is hired by New York City’s mayor (Russell Crowe) to uncover who the mayor’s wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is having an affair with. Through the investigation Taggart learns that sometimes things aren’t as clear cut as they seem.
Extras: Alternate Ending, Deleted Scenes and “Putting It All Together,” a behind-the-scenes documentary.
Recommendation: Director Allen Hughes has created a very slick and visually appealing film with solid performances from Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Unfortunately it all goes to waste as Brian Tucker’s script fails to rise to the occasion. The plot is filled with far-fetched coincidences, cheap dialogue and lacks any sort of urgency as plot slowly unravels. If you enjoy crime thrillers with a few twists and turns I’d suggest giving Broken City a rent. Just keep your expectations fairly low.
-Ryan Michael Painter