Movie Review: Broken City

Broken City lacks in both story and acting, and character development really isn't impressive either.
Broken City lacks in both story and acting, and character development really isn’t impressive either.
Finally, after a long hiatus, I’m proud to announce that I am back with more movie reviews! Today, we shall start with Broken City, and look forward to more during the coming days, as there will definitely be a few more!
Movie Review: Broken City
NOTE: THIS IS JUST MY PERSONAL OPINION, AND DOES NOT REFLECT ANYONE ELSE’S. I AM NOT WORKING FOR ANY ORGANISATIONS. THIS REVIEW IS NOT MEANT TO HARM THE FILM’S PERFORMANCE AT THE BOX OFFICE, AND IS JUST PURELY MY THOUGHTS ON THE FILM. THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS WHICH MIGHT DISRUPT YOUR VIEWING EXPERIENCE.
Broken City
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright and Barry Pepper
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Directed by Allen Hughes
Produced by Randall Emmett, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Arnon Milchan, Teddy Schwarzman, Allen Hughes, Remington Chase
Duration: 108 min
Watch the trailer before reading the movie review:

SUMMARY OF REVIEW:
Broken City is too slow-paced at time, while also lacking character development and emotion building (character wise), and suffers from bad acting, direction and a lack of climax. The story does not seem to be building up, and the show also suffers from several ‘holes’ in the storyline.
STORYLINE
INTRODUCTION- 6/10
Still generally acceptable, but the link to the rest of the storyline later on is not clear, only visible during certain parts of the show, and being overshadowed by the main plot itself. The scene is not made clear, most likely to bring in suspense, and does not really succeed (or fail) at doing so.
BUILD-UP- 5/10
Like mentioned earlier, I did not notice much build-up throughout the show, and the show really should have improved on this aspect. The show is boring at times, with too little suspense and a bit too much of irrelevant scenes, especially the scenes with the wife (it does not really relate to the storyline). The show also fails to solve all of the loose ends found within the show, and the build-up does not really lead to any climax. The connections were also not that clear, and the introduction failed to link to the rest of the storylines that well (the wife’s relation and film business does not make any sense either in this context)
CLIMAX- 2/10
To put it in two words: anti-climatic. There was no noticeable climax, and really has no thrill or suspense. A very badly done climax, and it could have been better. There was no clear connection either.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENTS- 13/20
OK, this isn’t really as bad as the script or the storyline, and might after all be one of the best parts of the show. The character development, though, is still lacking (especially for Taggart’s wife and Paul Andrews). within certain characters.
COSTUME DESIGN/ BACKGROUND/ PRODUCTION DESIGN/ MAKEUP/ VFX- 4/10
This show doesn’t really have much of this, but this movie really shouldn’t be blamed, with its genre and storyline. The makeup, though, was noticeably not that well done, and could have been improved further.
DIRECTION- 5/10
The director really did a bad job. No other words.
MUSIC- 6/10
ACTING- 3/10

How do I pu this, Mark Walhberg’s acting is not that good, hardly showing much expressions when necessary, Russell Crowe’s was okay, Catherine Zeta-Jones was very bad, with her face having almost no expressions.
OVERALL: 2/10
Too many loose holes in storyline is a big problem. Lack of character emotions and development is next. And lack of climax just makes the whole show a waste of time.
BONUS: NIL
TOTAL: 46%
How do you find the movie? Post your thoughts below!

Movie poster and trailer owned by 20th Century Fox, Regency Enterprises and Emmett/Furla Films. Movie poster was obtained from http://www.impawards.com/2013/broken_city.html. Movie trailer was obtained from BrokenCityMovie (youtube).

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2 thoughts on “Movie Review: Broken City

  1. Good review. This movie is also just driven by a bad script and lazy direction than could’ve been done by anyone. There are times when it tries to add a twist to the plot, but there’s almost no real plot to begin with, so the “twists” are just one of those things that were lacking.

    1. Good points raised i certainly agree with your last point on the twists and the plot wasn’t really clear. They didn’t really tried to emphasise on any clear storyline and it was just like a total change in storyline in the end. Thanks for your comment!

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