Broken City Monday, 16 September 2019

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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    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.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

    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.

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

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

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    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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