Broken City Friday, 03 April 2020

Broken City

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    Seedy New York City political thriller that doesn't always glue.

  • Starring:

    Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey Wright, Alona Tal, Natalie Martinez, Kyle Chandler

  • Directed by:

    Allen Hughes

  • Running time:

    109 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    Many people are shot, threatened at gunpoint, beaten (with objects, fists and kicks), chased or involved in brawling. Murder is committed and discussed. A man's head is held under water during an interrogation interview. Dangerous driving and vehicle collisions. A homicide/rape incident is discussed. Guns are seen (handguns, hunting rifle). A drunk man picks fights, smashes a bottle. Glass (bottle, drinking glass, car window, door) gets broken or smashed. Raised voices, yelling. A masked man is seen. Blood/gore: Several corpses are seen with bullet wounds showing cause of death. A corpse is seen in a body-bag. Blood is on the victims, clothing and the ground. A woman dresses a bloody wound. A man extracts a shard of broken glass from his forehead.


    A couple in a movie have sex on a kitchen bench. Passionate kissing. Extramarital affairs. Homosexuality is mentioned. Nudity: Half-naked women are seen. A woman is seen topless through a window. Oral sex is implied.


    Alcohol (spirits, beer, wine, champagne, cocktails). Excessive drinking and drunken behaviour. Smoking (a cigarette). "Doing lines" is mentioned.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, p*ss, sonofab*tch, sexual references and slang words for genitalia. Derogatory insults and name-calling. Religious exclamations.


    Politics, insider dealing, voyeurism, private detecting, spying, adultery, larceny, falling off the wagon, execution, corruption, interrogation.


    Very brief hospital setting (a child is seen in a hospital bed). Shaving (male face) scene.


    Terrific cast. Fantastic soundtrack pumps life and tension into the movie like a pulsing heartbeat. Good fun if you don't take it too seriously.


    Convoluted storyline becomes confusing to follow. The meat of the story is good, but it is undercooked. Consistently entertaining but not particularly original. Cliched.

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