Broken City is a 2013 American crime film starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. The film was directed by Allen Hughes and written by Brian Tucker. Wahlberg stars as a police officer turned private investigator, and Crowe stars as the mayor of New York City who hires the investigator to investigate his wife.
The film is Hughes’ first solo feature film directing effort; he has collaborated with his twin brother Albert in previous films. Allen met Tucker in 2010 and learned about Tucker’s spec script, which had languished in development hell since Mandate Pictures attempted to produce a film in 2008. Under a partnership between Emmett/Furla Films and Regency Enterprises, Hughes began production in 2011 in New York City and Louisiana. The film was released in theaters on January 18, 2013.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Broken City – Plot
NYPD detective Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) is arrested for the murder of Mikey Tavarez, who raped the sister of Taggart’s girlfriend Natalie Barrow (Natalie Martinez). His friend, Captain Carl Fairbanks (Jeffrey Wright) asks Mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe) for help, and Hostetler eliminates the evidence against Taggart. Tavarez’s death is ruled as self-defense, and Taggart is forced to leave the police.
Seven years later, Taggart is a private detective on the verge of bankrupcy when he’s hired by Hostetler to find out who his wife Cathleen Hostetler (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is having an affair with. Helped by his assistant, Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal), Taggart learns that Cathleen is seeing Paul Andrews (Kyle Chandler), the campaign manager of Hostetler’s rival in the upcoming elections, Jack Valliant (Barry Pepper).
Taggart attends a fundraiser for Hostetler’s campaign, where Cathleen reveals that she knows Taggart is following her, and advises him not to become involved with Hostetler. However, Hostetler gets the envelope with the pictures that Taggart has taken of Cathleen meeting with Andrews, and Andrews is found dead shortly afterwards. Blaming himself, Taggart gets into a fight with Ryan Blake (Justin Chambers), who acted opposite Natalie in an indie film, causing Natalie to leave him.
Fairbanks interrogates Taggart, who admits he had been hired by Hostetler. They talk with Valliant, who reveals that Andrews was meeting Todd Lancaster (James Ransone), son of Hostetler’s associate, contractor Sam Lancaster (Griffin Dunne). Taggart then meets with Cathleen, who reveals that Andrews actually provided her with information about Hostetler’s plans for the Bolton Village Housing Project. Hostetler wanted to find out Cathleen’s source, and manipulated Taggart to lead him to discover who it was.
Taggart investigates Sam Lancaster’s construction business, and learns that Hostetler has sold the Bolton Village in order to have it demolished and replaced by office buildings, leaving hundreds of impoverished people homeless for his own profit. However, he is attacked by Hostetler’s men, who destroy the evidence he has acquired. Taggart then locates Todd Lancaster and interrogates him. Todd reveals that he disagreed with Hostetler’s plans and intended to give Andrews the demolition plant the night he was murdered. He gives it to Taggart instead, and Taggart confronts Hostetler, who reveals that he has the evidence that Taggart planned to murder Tavarez, and will leak it to the press if Taggart pursues him further.
Taggart admits his crimes to Fairbanks and gives him the plant. Fairbanks has Hostetler arrested and Valliant is elected mayor, preventing the demolition of the Bolton Village. Hostetler exposes Taggart’s crimes, and Taggart accepts to be arrested for the benefit of the poor, including Natalie’s family. He says his goodbyes to Katy and reminds her that they’ll return to business once he’s released from prison.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Broken City – Cast
Mark Wahlberg as Billy Taggart
Russell Crowe as Mayor Nicholas Hostetler
Catherine Zeta-Jones as Cathleen Hostetler
Jeffrey Wright as Carl Fairbanks
Barry Pepper as Jack Valliant
Alona Tal as Katy Bradshaw
Natalie Martinez as Natalie Barrow
Michael Beach as Tony Jansen
Kyle Chandler as Paul Andrews
James Ransone as Todd Lancaster
Griffin Dunne as Sam Lancaster
Justin Chambers as Ryan Blake
Movie2k Watch Movies – Broken City – Production
Broken City was directed by Allen Hughes and written by Brian Tucker. In May 2008, Mandate Pictures bought Tucker’s spec script with the goal of attaching a director and a cast to film later in the year. In the following July, Mandate entered a deal with the company Mr. Mudd to produce together one film per year, the first being Broken City. The companies aimed to hire the cast and crew by late 2008. Production did not commence as planned, and the script remained in development hell. It became part of the film industry’s 2008 black list of “best, albeit unproduced, screenplays”.
In June 2011, Emmett/Furla Films began development of Broken City with an anticipated budget of $60 million. Allen Hughes was attached to direct the film. By the following October, Regency Enterprises joined the project to co-finance with Emmett/Furla Films. Variety reported that Regency founder Arnon Milchan wanted to produce “edgier fare” like it previously did with the 1990s films Heat and L.A. Confidential. The film was Hughes’ first feature film directing effort without his twin brother Albert. (Allen also directed the TV movie Knights of the South Bronx (2005) and a few episodes of the American version of the TV series Touching Evil.) Hughes said about working on his own, “The issue is learning that you’re going to be in a room sometimes, and there’s going to be eight guys assaulting you, creatively. Back in the day, when it was me and him, they could have had 15 people in the room, and they were all getting laid out.” He met Tucker in 2010 at the Palm restaurant in West Hollywood, where he learned about the screenwriter’s Broken City.
With a production budget of $35 million, shooting began in New York City in November 2011. Filming also scheduled took place in the Carrollton neighborhood of New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Broken City – Release
Broken City was released in 2,620 theaters in the United States and Canada on January 18, 2013. The film competed with fellow openers Mama and The Last Stand as well as Silver Linings Playbook in its widening release. The Los Angeles Times said the film drew “the most interest from older audiences”. Prior to Broken City’s release, Variety reported that the film was estimated to have “a low to mid-teens opening” weekend. It grossed $8.3 million on Friday through Sunday, ranking fifth. It grossed $9.5 million through the holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) on Monday.
As of January 27, 2013, Broken City has grossed $12,320,000 in the United States and Canada.
Broken City – Critical reception
The Hollywood Reporter said that critics “have been less than thrilled” with Broken City. It reported, “While many praise the talented cast and others enjoyed the cinematography, some critics add that Brian Tucker’s screenplay might have been the problem and that it may have been a better story told as a period piece.” According to CinemaScore, audiences gave the film a “B” grade. Rotten Tomatoes reported an average rating of 4.7 out of 10 among 94 reviews to date. Based on the reviews, it gave the film a score of 26% and described the critics’ consensus: “Broken City’s thinly sketched, formulaic script offers meager rewards for all but the least demanding noir aficionados.” Metacritic gave the film a score of 48 out of 100 based on 34 reviews to date; it identified 8 reviews as positive, 22 as mixed, and 4 as negative.
- Allen Hughes
- American Crime
- Barry Pepper
- Brian Tucker
- Brother Albert
- Captain Carl
- Catherine Zeta Jones
- City Plot
- Crime Film
- Development Hell
- Jeffrey Wright
- Kyle Chandler
- Mandate Pictures
- Mayor Of New York City
- Natalie Martinez
- Previous Films
- Private Detective
- Regency Enterprises
- Spec Script