Stoney At the Movies 1/25/13
Locker Room, Movie Review

Let's All Go To the Movies.. Or Not: Broken City

1/25/13 in Locker Room   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25123 respect

Blog Photo - Stoney At the Movies 1/25/13I know it’s a little late, but this week’s latest movie adventure found us watching the newest Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe crime thriller, Broken City. Now, I’ve just started back up my weekly trek to the local Cineplex, but for the life of me I can’t remember there being so many damn trailers before the movie. This week, there were 7.Yes, SEVEN!! That’s over 20 minutes of commercials, but I digress, and will just focus on the things that caught my eye. 42, about the story of Jackie Robinson with Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey definitely looks interesting. I’m still looking forward to the Sci-Fi flick, Oblivion starring Tom Cruise. The Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy movie looks awful.  Halle Berry plays a 911 operator with the most hilarious hair style ever in The Call. And how can you not be excited for A Good Day To Die Hard, this time with more McClanes?
 
Now onto the movie, and you’re welcome or getting you there sooner than AMC did for me.
 
I know I’ve mentioned seeing the trailers in earlier articles and I couldn’t walk into this thing being any more skeptical, especially with the cheesy description on imdb. “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.” Now you know I don’t like giving a plot summary full of spoilers, but it is so hard to do with this movie. On a somewhat positive note, this was a valiant first effort for writer Brian Tucker, but there is so much going on that you can’t get a good handle on all the little subplots, and often times these stories within the story come out of nowhere and/or disappear without and kind of conclusion. It basically reminded me of a mediocre network drama that tried squeezing a 12 episode story arc into an hour and 45 minute movie.  You have blackmail, double blackmail, shady business deals, a possible affair that’s not really an affair after all, but another affair that’s only alluded to because it involves two guys, and the blunt admission of another affair at the end that’s never touched on once during the movie. Whew, then there’s the romance between Wahlberg and his girlfriend, the sexy Natalie Martinez who plays an indie actress, who may or not be having an affair with her co-star. You had Wahlberg falling off the wagon for a night and ruining this relationship that was evidently doomed from the start, but there was no indication of it at all. There were just so many questions that were left unanswered and a lot of obvious ones that were never even touched upon. The more I think about it, the more it racks my mind trying to figure out what the hell did I watch. 
 
Director Allen Hughes (Menace II Society, From Hell, Book of Eli) tried his best with what he had for a script and in actuality a pretty decent cast, but there was only so much he could do. Throughout the movie, every time I saw Mark Wahlberg, al I could think about was him as Dirk Diggler as Brock Landers as Billy Taggert. Granted he wasn’t as bad as the trailers made him out to be, but it was definitely nothing special.  Alongside Wahlberg, you had Russell Crowe who did a decent job as mayor Hostetler, and Catherine Zeta-Jones playing his wife with an awful New York accent.  On paper the supporting cast of Jeffrey Wright (police commissioner), Barry Pepper (Crowe’s mayoral race opponent), and Kyle Chandler (Pepper’s aide) has a lot of talent, but were mired in a muddled story where they couldn’t be used to their fullest potential. I did think Pepper gave the best effort of anybody involved in this mess as he was playing the only character who got to show real emotion. At one point, Natalie Martinez has a pretty quick but graphic sex scene in her indie movie within the movie, but it was enough to make me want to watch THAT movie instead. 
 
Overall, I think the movie was trying to be a smart, gritty, revenge/redemption thriller, but it got in its own way.  They were trying to do so much and be so layered that none of the story lines had any real depth.  Now I have to say, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be going in, but unfortunately it was close. If you were planning on seeing it, it may be best to wait for Redbox or Netflix.
Stoney’s grade: C-
 
What have you seen lately? What do you want to see? Look for my next installment which will review either Movie 43 or The Impossible.  Feel free to comment below with thoughts and requests or do so via twitter @StoneyinCO
 
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1/28/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61531 respect

:D

I told you Wahlberg would be no worse than Crowe, and that's what I got from this. Also, Barry Pepper is in it?! I'm so gonna see this movie (like I wasn't anyway, I know, shut up). It sounds convoluted but you're a snob, so I'm sure your C+ is my B-. Plus, it didn't even look very good to me, so I'm prepared for that.

I saw A Haunted House this weekend. It's a Wayans movie.... and that's that. Marlon looks fantastic to be over 40, btw. That Wayans mama did a helluva job with those kids and their genes.

1/26/13   |   texas_tornado4261   |   83948 respect

Jess wrote:
I still want to see Django Unchained and Silver Linings Playbook, but I probably won't be able to see either of those in the theater unless by some miracle they're playing at a discount one somewhere next time we go to Seattle. 

I saw the previews to Snitch today, but it comes out later in February, he's wanting to take me for my birthday and it's the 10th....so I basically go to the theater once a year...lol, he goes everytime a movies comes out....he will be 18 9 days after mine, and I will be...well...older than him

1/26/13   |   Jess   |   34626 respect

texas_tornado4261 wrote:
I need a suggestion...Alex is taking me to the movies in about 2 weeks..I need something good to see...

I still want to see Django Unchained and Silver Linings Playbook, but I probably won't be able to see either of those in the theater unless by some miracle they're playing at a discount one somewhere next time we go to Seattle. 

1/26/13   |   texas_tornado4261   |   83948 respect

Jess wrote:
Cosign.

I need a suggestion...Alex is taking me to the movies in about 2 weeks..I need something good to see...

1/25/13   |   Jess   |   34626 respect

kteacher wrote:
I haven't seen anything new lately.

I want to see Hansel and Gretel-----don't judge me. I'm intrigued by it's low rating by critics and semi-high rating by regular folks who have seen it. 

Cosign.

1/25/13   |   kteacher   |   34350 respect

I haven't seen anything new lately.

I want to see Hansel and Gretel-----don't judge me. I'm intrigued by it's low rating by critics and semi-high rating by regular folks who have seen it.