It’s all about who’s in control of the situation at hand. You’re at a confusing moment in your life when you think things are going right, but then they get out of hand, and you’re stuck asking questions as to how you got into this position in the first place. When you do the crime, you do the time – you have to pay your debts to society, and no matter how long you go on from paying them, they’ll eventually come back and bite you in the ass.
This movie was about a man who had served for his city, but little did he know that he was in debt that was bigger than just him. The metaphor of ‘paying your debt to society’ was the theme revolved this mystery/thriller/drama which starred Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Political espionage, conflict of interest, double crossing and suspenseful scenarios are the pieces that made up this film.
If you don’t pay attention to what’s going on in this movie, you’ll be lost – it’s that simple. What starts off as a simple job for private investigation, it turns into a murder scene and then there are other repercussions that come thereafter. I liked this movie because it kept you guessing as who was which side, who could be trusted, and also trying to determine exactly what was happening. It was like playing the game of Clue, but less frustrating and more entertaining. Wahlberg is known for his hero role, but he wasn’t exactly the good guy in all of this throughout. He had been doing a job to make sure that he didn’t have any future problems, but as stated before, those unpaid debts will come back to bite you in the ass.
There has to be a catalyst in all of this, and that was the Mayor of New York…no, not Michael Bloomberg, but Nicholas Hostetler (played by Russell Crowe). Being the man in charge, you have to make sure things go in order. He did a good job playing a corrupt politician, and it’s fitting that he played a crooked mayor and the movie’s title is called Broken City (broken system that needs fixing because the government is messing up). There are a lot of swings in emotion as both characters Taggert and Hostetler deal with personal battles with their significant others, as well as their reputations (especially since the Mayor is in an election year – the irony). It’s more centralized on Taggert, but it’s evident in other characters as well. Also, the most unlikely characters come into play in the mystery and it may throw people off, but when you watch the movie, it almost seems obvious. There was a bit of a Trayvon Martin type of scenario that played along with the movie also, but it wasn’t fully emphasized for the movie’s purpose, but it did come full circle in the end. I enjoyed it, and if you have the patience for a type of movie that rattles your brain a bit, you’ll enjoy it. But for now, this is my opinion; this is my review, and ultimately
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