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Broken City -- In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.
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In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Mark Wahlberg ... Billy Taggart

Russell Crowe ... Mayor Hostetler

Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Cathleen Hostetler

Jeffrey Wright ... Carl Fairbanks

Barry Pepper ... Jack Valliant

Alona Tal ... Katy Bradshaw

Natalie Martinez ... Natalie Barrow

Michael Beach ... Tony Jansen

Kyle Chandler ... Paul Andrews

James Ransone ... Todd Lancaster

Griffin Dunne ... Sam Lancaster

Odessa Sykes ... Secretary - Hostetler

Britney Theriot ... Valerie
Luis Tolentino ... Mikey Tavarez

Tony Bentley ... Judge

Andrea Frankle ... Prosecutor

William Ragsdale ... Mr. Davies (Billy's Lawyer)

Dana Gourrier ... Cop - Courtroom
Aaron Zell ... Staten Island Man
Stephen Fisher ... Staten Island Neighbor
James M. Jenkins ... Jimmy (voice)

Teri Wyble ... Staten Island Woman

Sharon Angela ... Amber (voice)
Anthony Thomas ... Security Guard

Annika Pergament ... Reporter at City Hall

Indigo ... Valliant's Aide (as Indigo Nichols)

Gregory Jbara ... Post Columnist

Frank Fortunato ... Body Man Kevin

Han Soto ... YMCA Speaker
Rachel Wulff ... Hospital Reporter

Ann Hamilton ... Cathleen's Friend
Dustin Knockum ... Doorman

Justin Chambers ... Ryan

Jason Mitchell ... Cast Friend #1

Chelsea Bruland ... Cast Friend #2
John W. Houghtaling ... Harris Sargent

Ric Reitz ... Mitch Rappaport

Lydia Hull ... Mitch Rapapport's Wife

Leslie Hippensteel ... Four Season's Waitress

Chance Kelly ... Murdock

Benjamin Kanes ... Harvard Club Bartender

Greg Sproles ... Crime Scene Cop

Reynaldo Piniella ... Bolton Teen Alex

Fred Tolliver Jr. ... 2nd Bolton Teen

Shawn Elliott ... Raul Barea
Millie Tirelli ... Natalie's Mother

Eric Weinstein ... Sam's Employee #1

Henry Penzi ... Sam's Employee #2

J.D. Evermore ... Sam's Employee #3
Benton Greene ... Brooklyn Cop

Joseph Meissner ... Hotel Bartender

Robert Larriviere ... Debate Moderator
Rachael Taylor Arrington ... Local Bartender

Veronica Berry ... Sr. Center Reporter #1

Judd Lormand ... Valliant's Office Reporter #2
Elizabeth Kaledin ... NY1 Anchor on TV
Lori Campbell ... Premiere PR
Janell Crispyn ... Radio Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rhonda Floyd Aguillard ... Guest at Fundraiser (uncredited)

Brittney Alger ... Premiere Cast Member (uncredited)

D'Arcy Allen ... Mayor's Dinner Guest (uncredited)

John L. Armijo ... Mayor Hostelter's Security (uncredited)
Solima Arnold ... Casual Pedestrian (uncredited)

Jillian Batherson ... Cathleen's Assistant (uncredited)
Tom Cain ... Arresting Officer (uncredited)

Tony Costa ... Reporter (uncredited)
Haylie Creppel ... Hospital Patient (uncredited)

Raymond Delaune ... Businessman (uncredited)

Robert 'Bigg Sarge' Deon ... Racketball Gym Patron (uncredited)
Z. Dieterich ... BMW Driver (uncredited)

Ryan Martin Dwyer ... NY Policeman at X-Ray Machine (uncredited)
Kasey Emas ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Marcia M Francis ... City Hall Protestor / Casual Pedestrian (uncredited)
Russell M. Haeuser ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Kaitlin Hoychick ... Nurse (uncredited)
Stephen T. Johnson ... Protesters (uncredited)
Mark Joyce ... Debate Attendee (uncredited)
Kristal Kincaid ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Alex Kruz ... Reporter (uncredited)
Cynthia LeBlanc ... Fundraiser Guest (uncredited)
Elton LeBlanc ... Fundraiser Guest (uncredited)

Lucinda Lewis ... Protestor - NY (uncredited)
Jakel Marshall ... Waiter (uncredited)

Olan Montgomery ... Construction Worker at Car Crash (uncredited)

Fernandez Osvaldo ... Fundraiser Guest (uncredited)
Catherine Kim Poon ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jessica Poumaroux ... Lunch Guest (uncredited)

James Rawlings ... Mayor Hostelter's Security (uncredited)
Christopher Reeves ... Premiere PR (uncredited)

James Ricker II ... Theater Goer (uncredited)
Heather Robbins ... Cast Member at Wrap Party (uncredited)
Shindo Ki Rodriguez ... Protestor (uncredited)
Johnny Santiago ... Detective (uncredited)
Andy Sims ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Lindsey G. Smith ... Premiere Cast Member (uncredited)
Andrew j Spinks ... NYC Lunch Chef (uncredited)

Charlotte Stein ... Trial Attendee (uncredited)

Naeem Uzimann ... News Shop Cashier (uncredited)
Rachel Vicknair ... Premier Party Guest (uncredited)

Jaime Wallace ... Hospital Cash Register Worker (uncredited)

Douglas Wilcox II ... CSI Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Allen Hughes 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Brian Tucker (written by)

Produced by
Brandt Andersen .... executive producer (as Brandt Anderson)
William S. Beasley .... executive producer
Remington Chase .... producer
Randall Emmett .... producer
George Furla .... executive producer
Brandon Grimes .... co-producer
Allen Hughes .... producer
Scott Lambert .... executive producer
Stephen Levinson .... producer
Fredrik Malmberg .... executive producer
Stepan Martirosyan .... executive producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
Jeff Rice .... executive producer
Scott Robinson .... consulting producer
Teddy Schwarzman .... producer
Adi Shankar .... executive producer
Spencer Silna .... executive producer
Ben Stillman .... co-producer
Brian Tucker .... executive producer
Daniel Wagner .... executive producer
Mark Wahlberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Atticus Ross 
Leopold Ross 
Claudia Sarne 
 
Cinematography by
Ben Seresin (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Cindy Mollo 
 
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
 
Production Design by
Tom Duffield 
 
Art Direction by
Christina Eunji Kim  (as Christina E. Kim)
 
Set Decoration by
Leonard R. Spears  (as Leonard Spears)
 
Costume Design by
Betsy Heimann 
 
Makeup Department
John Caglione Jr. .... makeup artist: Russell Crowe
Daina Daigle .... hair stylist
Daina Daigle .... key hairstylist: New Orleans
Debi Dumas .... hair colorist: Mr. Crowe
Donna Marie Fischetto .... key hair stylist: New York
Krystal Kershaw .... makeup artist (as Krystal Ann Kershaw)
Ann Masterson .... makeup department head
Johnny Villanueva .... hair department head
Marcos Gonzales .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Kent Richard .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Jami Ross .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Kerrie Smith .... hair designer: Catherine Zeta-Jones (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Denise Pinckley .... unit production manager
Sharyn Shimada-Huggins .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kim Barnard .... second assistant director: second unit
Stephen P. Dunn .... first assistant director
William Eubank .... second unit director
Sarah Fairchild .... additional second assistant director
Alex Finch .... additional second assistant director
Zack Kibbee .... second second assistant director
Dodd Loomis .... second second assistant director: second unit
Mike McGuirk .... dga trainee
Paul Byrne Prenderville .... second assistant director
Brad Robinson .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Spencer J. Abadie .... painter
Richard Alonso .... computer graphics artist
Sophia Alonzo .... graphic artist
Christy C. Beshears .... art department production assistant
Scott C. Bivona .... lead greensman
Paul Blanchard .... leadman
Jane Brewster .... fine artist
Chris Britt .... set dresser
Rick Broderman .... paint foreman
Garf Brown .... scenic charge
Carl E. Clevenger III .... set dresser
Katie Clinebelle .... props
Carl Counts .... art department coordinator
Miguel De Jesus .... industrial shop person
George DeTitta Jr. .... set decorator: New York
Gerald DeTitta .... leadman: NYC
Ryan Martin Dwyer .... on-set dresser
Jack Flynn .... construction buyer
Adam Goodnoff-Cernese .... key on-set dresser: New York
Ellen Lampl .... graphic artist
Lindanne Lewis .... painter
Brian Mccolgan .... set dresser
Myron Meek .... prop gang boss
Stephen P. Noell .... assistant property master
John Richoux .... on-set greens
Duke Scoppa .... property master: New York Unit
Dylan Sheridan .... graphic artist
Michael Sheridan Smith .... scenic
Paul Stanwyck .... paint lead
Brent Stewart .... general foreman
Chuck Stringer .... construction coordinator
David Lee Toth .... set dresser
Marisa Umsawasdi .... props
Franz Wise .... props
Stephanie Wittmann .... set design intern
Brook Yeaton .... property master
 
Sound Department
Jimmy 'Coach' Armstrong .... boom operator
Michael Barosky .... sound mixer
Keith Bilderbeck .... sound effects editor
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer
Jeff Gomillion .... adr mixer
Randall Guth .... first assistant sound editor
Allen Hartz .... dialogue and adr editor
Jacob Head .... looper
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Daniel Kuzila .... additional sound utility
Martin Lopez .... sound designer
Mike Marino .... foley mixer
Bill Meadows .... mix technician
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Dean Minnerly .... foley artist
Frank A. Montaño .... sound re-recording mixer
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
Jamey Osborne .... sound utility
Derek Pippert .... supervising foley editor
Miguel Rivera .... dialogue supervisor
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Richard Schexnayder .... sound mixer
Billy Theriot .... adr mixer
Wyatt Tuzo .... utility sound
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Fred Buchholz .... special effects coordinator
Edward Joubert .... special effects technician
Brad Manis .... special effects technician
Matt Stonish .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Juan Alvarez .... visual effects artist
Jeff Atherton .... visual effects producer: Hydraulx
William Barkus .... roto/paint: Hydraulx
Cody Brunty .... visual effects artist
Patrick Canning .... roto/paint: Hyrdaulx
Ed Chapman .... visual effects supervisor: hydraulx
Damian Drago .... additional visual effects
Anthony Fung .... visual effects artist
Thomas Eugene Green .... title designer
Sean Castle Hitchcock .... junior compositor
Sun Lee .... senior matte painter: Hydraulx
Jamison McCord .... roto/paint: Hydraulx VFX
Jale Parsons .... digital compositor
Chris Payne .... flame artist
Sean Pfeiffer .... compositor
Jason Adam Schaefer .... roto/paint: Hydraulx
Caitlin Thornton .... visual effects coordinator
Evan Wake .... rotoscope artist
Mark Edward Wright .... visual effects editor: Hydraulx (as Mark Wright)
Michael Zavala .... 2D coordinator: Hydraulx
Raffaele Apuzzo .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Mark Fletcher .... screen graphics designer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Stanton Barrett .... stunts
Hunter Baxley .... stunt driver
Mark Chavarria .... stunt performer
Clay Cullen .... stunt driver
Peter Cullen .... stunts
John T. Cypert .... stunts
Brian Duffy .... stunts
Amanda Dyar .... stunts
Jeff Galpin .... stunt driver
Sean Graham .... stunt double
Regis Harrington .... stunt driver
Cassidy Hice .... utility stunts
Tony Lazzara .... stunt driver
Khristian Lupo .... stunt driver
Mike Majesky .... utility stunts
Holly O'Quin .... stunt driver
Larry Rippenkroeger .... stunts
Jason Rodriguez .... stunt coordinator
Eric R Salas .... stunt driver
Tim Schuebel .... photo stunt double
Tim Schuebel .... stunt driver
Greg Sproles .... stunt double: Chance Kelly
Matthew R. Staley .... stunt double: James Ransone
Luis Tolentino .... stunt performer
Jimmy P. Wong .... utility stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Olga Abramson .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, New York
Maceo Bishop .... camera operator: "b" camera, New York and New Orleans
Maceo Bishop .... steadicam operator: New York and New Orleans
Hans Bjerno .... aerial director of photography
Gary Cadow .... rigging grip
Scott Calcagno .... rigging grip
Pete Chiaramonte .... electrician
Rowland Egerton .... best boy rigging grip
Marc Ehrenbold .... steadicam operator
Christopher M. Elassad .... dolly grip
Jay Fortune .... gaffer
Carter Lee Garrett .... lighting technician
Kevin Gilligan .... best boy grip
Mike Grace .... lighting technician
Shane E. Gros .... grip
Henry Guzman .... rigging electrician
John C. Hoffler Jr. .... camera loader
John Holmes .... first assistant camera
Joshua Huval .... video utility
Lukasz Jogalla .... director of photography: second unit
Nils Johnson .... key digital video assist operator: New York unit
Franklin Jones II .... key rigging grip
Larron Rome Julian .... assistant camera
Michael D. Kennedy .... scorpio head technician
Joshua Lilly .... additional electric
Scott Lipkowitz .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, New York
Joe Lotuaco .... grip
Gregg Marion .... rigging electrician
Alan Markfield .... still photographer
Bradley Martin .... lighting technician: second unit
Brian McClean .... best boy electric
Janice Min .... assistant camera: NYC additional
Tod Olivieri .... electrician
George Patsos .... key grip
Patrick Ready .... digital workflow supervisor
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera
Louis Sabat .... grip
Jacob Sauerbrey .... electrician
Martin Schaer .... camera operator
Trey Shaneyfelt .... electrician
Blackford 'Boots' Shelton .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, New York
Zachary Sieffert .... first assistant b camera: second unit
Gregor Tavenner .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Remi Tournois .... additional camera operator: second unit
Michael Trejo .... grip
Jeffery J. Tufano .... camera operator: second unit
Vanessa Viera .... camera loader: New York
Kristopher Weaver .... local best boy
Barry Wetcher .... still photographer: New York
Ryland Witten-Smith .... grip
Justin Wright .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Robin Batherson .... extras casting coordinator
Danielle Colli .... casting associate
Justin Coulter .... local casting assistant
Alex Franklin .... casting assistant
Brittany Gischner .... extras casting assistant
Jason Landry .... extras casting
Patty Majorczak-Connolly .... adr voice casting
Mia Nguyen .... additional casting
Marcy Punch .... extras casting assistant
Mark Sussman .... adr voice casting
David M. Waldron .... extras casting director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lori Castano .... costume production assistant
Doré Cermak .... additional costumer
Lorraine Crossman .... costumer: Mr. Wahlberg
Maggie Dick .... key tailor
Maria Douglas .... wardrobe production assistant
Megan Ehrling .... costume production assistant
Benj Gibicsar .... additional costumer
Peter Habbit .... costume production assistant
Michelle M. Hebert .... costume production assistant
Chrissy Kuhn .... head ager/dyer
Renee Ragucci .... costumer: Russell Crowe
Megan Richardson .... costumer
Autumn Saville .... assistant costume designer
Hartsell Taylor .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
J. Cody Baker .... color assistant
Jason Barnes .... assistant editor
Stephen Ceci .... colorist: dailies
Kenny Dodson .... editorial production assistant
Beau J. Genot .... post production consultant
Heather Goodwin .... assistant editor
Joe Guzman .... digital intermediate producer
Matthew W. Johnson .... digital intermediate editor
Harry Muller .... color timer
Lindsay Tessier .... digital lab coordinator
Ian Sullivan .... digital intermediate accountant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mike Burns .... music supervisor (trailer music)
Joseph S. DeBeasi .... music editor
Geoff Foster .... score engineer
Season Kent .... music supervisor
Pedro Marques .... second assistant composer
Dana Niu .... orchestrator
Shawn Pierce .... scoring assistant
Doug Trantow .... music scoring mixer
Scott Vener .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Morris Aroesti .... driver
Kirk Baptiste .... driver
Mark L. Basler .... driver
Mark L. Basler .... transportation
Donald Burdett .... driver
Gary Caisse .... driver
Kenneth Chancellor .... driver
Doug Dovichi .... transportation coordinator
Janet Galpin .... driver
Mitchell Greg .... driver
Tom Ingebertsen .... driver
Sue Jennings .... transportation dispatcher
Gregory 'Stepper' Jones .... driver: honeywagon
Gregory 'Stepper' Jones .... picture car mechanic
Bruce Lane .... driver
Gregg Minor .... driver
Deborah Muscarello .... picture car coordinator
Jesse Quiet .... driver
Dexter P. Smith .... transportation
Jack J. Terranova .... driver (as Jack Terranova)
 
Other crew
Robert Abramoff .... production legal
Shawn Aguilar .... production assistant
Joaquin Aragon .... locations production assistant
Giuseppe Ardizzone .... set production assistant: New York
Arusha Baker .... set production assistant: new york
Alexander Barrow .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Katie Becker .... production assistant
Steve Berman .... completion bond
Melanie A. Bonhomme .... set production assistant
Janice Brabaw .... payroll accountant
Beau Brasseaux .... photo double/stand in: Mark Wahlberg
Ashley Bunge .... assistant location manager: second unit
Natalia Castellanos .... voice actor
Natalia Castellanos .... voice actress
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Amanda Cheng .... production assistant
Bo Cleary .... trainer
Paul Conti .... computer screen artist/animator
Angel De La Vina .... additional set production assistant
Alicia Dean .... production assistant
Judy Dickerson .... dialect coach: Russell Crowe
Evan Eastham .... assistant location manager
Debbie Estay .... script supervisor: second unit
Sarah Fairchild .... staff production assistant: background: new york
Bryan Foster .... assistant: Allen Hughes
Jason Frannino .... animal wrangler
Joshua Fritel .... key set production assistant
Pam Fuller .... script supervisor
Gregory Allen Gabroy .... stand-in
Jeff Galpin .... dog trainer
David Scott Gaudin .... stand-in
Dave Ginsberg .... assistant location manager
Sherri Goldman .... first assistant accountant (as Sherri Robin Goldman)
Bill Grantham .... Finance Legal: 1984 Private Defense Contractors
Katie Groves .... stand-in: Alona Tal
Mark Hagerman .... production coordinator: New York
P.J. Haines .... chef
Jeremiah Hansen .... production secretary
Andrew Hendrix .... production assistant
Zachary Holmes .... computer/video playback operator
John Jabaley .... location manager: second unit
James Jenkins .... technical advisor
James M. Jenkins .... technical advisor
Kirk W. Johnson .... assistant production office coordinator
Chris Kibler .... second assistant accountant
Ashlee Kilchrist .... production assistant
John C. Kruize .... production accountant
Brandi Lamarque .... accounting assistant
Jerry Lambert .... post-production accountant (as Jerrold W. Lambert)
Grace LaRocca .... stand-in
Andy Luce .... production assistant
Sean Lynn .... chef
Dan Majkut .... key production assistant: new york
Jason Makman .... production assistant
Rich Moody .... office production assistant: new york
Michael Neal .... payroll accountant
Phillip Noorani .... assistant to producer
Alexander Norton .... production assistant
Jay William Osterman .... assistant to producer
Sean Perry .... production assistant: New York
Capri Pizani .... locations production assistant
Ana Laura Pulido .... production assistant: New York
Michael Randolph .... key crafts service
Leah Jennings Richard .... second assistant accountant
Matthew Rignanese .... accounting clerk
Win Riley .... location scout
Tanaya Rivers .... producer intern
Morgan Roche .... production secretary: New York
Brian Roedel .... production assistant
Rick Rosenthal .... production counsel
Anthony Rossi III .... production coordinator
Adam Ryan .... construction paramedic
Bret Slater .... associate producer
Diane Slattery .... unit publicist
Kim Smelter .... assistant to producer
Andrew R. Smith .... production assistant
Garin Sparks .... on set medic
Garin Sparks .... on-set medic: second unit
Adam M. Stone .... product placement coordinator
Cat Stone .... product placement coordinator
Timothy C. Sullivan .... development executive
Jared Swidzinski .... production assistant
Matthew Carson Taylor .... second assistant accountant
Lauren Thomas .... stand-in
Kia W. Thompson .... set production assistant: new york
David Thornsberry .... location manager
Kai Thorup .... assistant location manager
Nicole Tiernan .... set production assistant: second unit/New Orleans
Michael J. Urann .... post production consultant
Angelo Vacco .... voice actor
Stacee Vatanapan .... assistant: Allen Hughes
Orlando M. Vazquez .... production assistant
Steven Weisberg .... location manager
Mark Welch .... location associate
Nicole Williams .... office production assistant
Eric Scott Williamson .... on set production assistant
Jen Winterbotham .... set production assistant
Ryan Wooley .... production assistant
Katie Calhoon .... location scout (uncredited)
Geraldine Glenn .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Michael D. Nes .... project manager: Deluxe Digital Cinema (uncredited)
Mindy Silberman .... set production assistant: new york unit (uncredited)
Preston Trahan .... uncredited
 
Thanks
Thea Emmett .... in loving memory of
Justin Holecek .... in loving memory of
Tim Schuebel .... thanks
 

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Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence
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109 min
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Trivia:
When Billy is getting into Katy's car he asks her, "Where did you get these seat covers, the Gaza Strip?". Katy is played by Alona Tal who was born in Israel and served in the Israeli Defense Forces.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Billy and the mayor are in the mayor's office where he first hires Billy to investigate his wife, the decanter and the glasses on the table and the blanket on one of the couches all change position repeatedly between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Prosecutor:Your Honor, it's murder. Even when the police do it.
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81 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
Smarter than You Think, Not as Clever as You Hope, 18 January 2013
Author: Bob_the_Hobo

Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) is a New York city cop who got off on a technicality following his execution of a supposed rapist/murder. Discharged from the force by his Captain (Jeffrey Wright), Taggart is viewed highly by Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe) for taking out the trash with a common thug. Seven years later, Hostetler, amidst a re- election battle against golden boy city councilman Jack Valliant (Barry Pepper), hires Taggart to find out who is sleeping with his gorgeous wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). As Taggart follows, he uncovers a much larger conspiracy.

In his first solo outing, Allen Hughes (one half of the Hughes brothers that brought us "The Book of Eli") now offers a stylish, dark vision of corruption in New York. The ladies are beautiful and all have something to hide, the men are violent and vicious and the story is ripped out of countless true-to-life headlines. "Broken City" lives up to its name and fires a slug packed with intrigue and intelligence. That doesn't necessarily translate to mean "clever".

The story sold in the trailer is a bit misleading, but perhaps that's the point. Mayor Hostetler's hiring of the true-blue cop Taggart is only a minor segment of a much larger puzzle. It involves cops, businessmen, and politicians in bribery and exploitation with a prize that all but Billy seem to seek: power. Overall that is the film's theme and it more than adequately conveys it. If you understand that and aren't looking for much else, "Broken City" is your ticket.

As I was watching the film I kept thinking that there must have been some significant cutting and re-editing. Perhaps the original cut was too dry so they added in some scenes and cut some to make the film seem more edgy. But it doesn't seem as edgy as it could have been. A number of subplots (for instance Billy's actress girlfriend, or the undeveloped father-son relationship between two of the villains) go nowhere and remain unresolved when the screen goes black. I felt much the same way.

Mark Wahlberg does an excellent job playing Mark Wahlberg, a role he was born to play. Catherine Zeta-Jones is as beautiful and commanding as ever in a role that is too short for the movie. But it is Russell Crowe who devours his scenes with the political intensity I would suppose is necessary for any real Mayor of New York. Even as the script built around Billy lags, Crowe tears apart his role. He shows why he is truly one of the best actors in the business.

The supporting cast of this film are as much a draw as the leads. Jeffrey Wright, the usual supporting character with more power than he lets on, plays the secretive Police Commissioner. His character is introduced as a stock role but ends up being much more. Kyle Chandler has a small role that deserved to be expanded. Barry Pepper, who wasn't even featured in the trailer, is the only actor in the film with the same bravado as Crowe. His scenes, particularly one with Wright and Wahlberg, are indicative of why he should be the one on the poster, now buried in the bottom credits.

Overall "Broken City" kept my attention but left me hungry for more. I suppose that is all you can ask for at the movies. I would take this ride again.

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