Broken City Review: Shatters Under a Shoddy Script

The story of how the new film, Broken City came to be is actually better than the film itself. Originally optioned in 2008, the script by Brian Tucker languished in development hell until finally being resurrected in 2011 by Allen Hughes (one half of the Hughes brothers, responsible for films such at Book of Eli, Menace II Society, and From Hell). Once the script was salvaged, Regency Pictures (Heat, L.A. Confidential) stepped in and worked together with two other production companies and fast-tracked the project, casting Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe as the leads. Finally, what was once considered one of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood is about to see the light of day. The question is, were the pre-production struggles worth it?

Broken City opens with Detective Billy Taggert (Mark Wahlberg) holding a smoking gun (literally) and standing over the dead body of a kid in a project development in New York City.
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