Bottom Line: A snail-paced, convoluted and contrived wannabe-political potboiler that’s only semi-saving grace is the involvement of a playing-drunk Wahlberg, a not-singing Crowe and the occasional need to feel like you should probably be paying attention… You can try, like me, to assemble the puzzle – but with so many missing pieces – so little intrigue – you’ll ultimately end up wondering what enticed this A-list of actors to go slumming in January fodder. It’s dull, clichéd and teems with a slew of unresolved plotlines, unimaginative dialogue and uninteresting characters. BROKEN CITY is unfortunately beyond repair.
Starring: Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg and Catherine Zeta Jones
Directed by: Allen Hughes (BOOK OF ELI)
Running time: 109 minutes
Story: An ex-cop-turned-private eye is thrown headfirst into a hotbed of trouble after a mayor hires him to look into his cheating wife. (20TH Century Fox)