Allen Hughes's Manhattan thriller is a facsimile of a hundred better crime movies
Travel south out of Chinatown, and you'll eventually wash up in Broken City, a pre-fab facsimile of a hundred better crime movies. Allen Hughes's thriller is awash with dodgy land deals, flashing police lights and helicopter shots over nocturnal Manhattan.
It's got Russell Crowe as a disreputable mayor, gulping neat scotch at his desk and complaining that "civilsation's gone to pieces". It's got Mark Wahlberg as the half-bright private investigator, played for a fool before seeing the light.
It's stolid, it's dogged, it knows where it's going. Back and forth around the same old scenery.
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