(KCBS) – KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the dramatic thriller “Broken City,” starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barry Pepper and Kyle Chandler.
KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl:
BROKEN CITY (R)
Broken City is like an expensive, all-star episode of law and order. That’s not bad when it comes to movie escapism, especially when you’re talking Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg facing off in a political crime thriller. Wahlberg plays a former policeman turned private detective who’s thrown headfirst into trouble when the Mayor of New York (Crowe) hires him to investigate his wife (Catherine Zeta Jones).
There are a few too many twists and turns; it’s easy to be confused – but not boring. I give a special hats off to a lack of graphic blood — a reminder that exploding bodies isn’t necessary for a movie’s excitement or tension. There’s also some beautiful cinematography of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Fine for DVD.
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