2 1/2 stars
In "Broken City," a
It's a war of the sinister murmurs. Throughout director
Then Crowe meets his match, and his most wily nemesis. A little while into "Broken City," Wright enters the story (the bad blood between the characters goes way back), and this inspired actor, the actor with the most insinuating voice in contemporary American movies, actually out-growls Crowe, out-murmurs the master murmurer.
If that were true, "Broken City" would be a 45-minute film, which it isn't. For an hour or so, aided by the autumnal glow of
It's frustrating, because the cast is so natty and ready for action. Screenwriter Tucker writes some nice, tough, profane dialogue. Right at the end (no spoilers here, don't panic, just calm down), Wright's commissioner slides a final insult in the direction of his longtime political enemy, and the audience loves it. If only the line, and Wright's delivery of it, didn't come at the tail end of so much knotty confusion and so many awkward expositional back flips! There's more to screenwriting than the zingers, as Tucker no doubt found out writing "Broken City."
Luckily, there's also more to a film than what's on the page. There is, for example, the fun of seeing Crowe and Wright have at each other without raising their voices above a threatening purr.
"Broken City" Movie Trailer
MPAA rating: R (for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence).
Running time: 1:49.
Credits: Directed by
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