Film review: Broken City

Amy Reinitz, Contributor Ω

Leif Douglass (director at large), Nolan Guichon (Aboriginal rep), Trad Bahabri (vice president internal), Jeromy Spence (vice president finance) at TRUSU's pre-screening of Broken City. - Photo by Amy Reinitz

Leif Douglass (director at large), Nolan Guichon (Aboriginal rep), Trad Bahabri (vice president internal) and Jeromy Spence (vice president finance)
at TRUSU’s pre-screening of Broken City. – Photo by Amy Reinitz

The Aberdeen Cineplex had a packed theatre Jan. 17 with 330 TRU students for TRUSU’s exclusive pre-screening of Broken City, a crime-thriller starring Mark Wahlberg.

To make the event happen, TRUSU partnered with the movie theatre earlier in the fall. Tickets were free for registered students, but as a limited number were available the students union opted to draw names and email the lucky winners.

“We’re always trying to make better events, and partnerships with the community as well,” said Trad Bahabri, TRUSU’s vice president internal.

Broken City will be released Jan. 18. Directed by Allen Hughes, it follows Billy Taggart (Wahlberg) an ex-cop turned private investigator, on a mission of justice and revenge. Mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe) hires Taggart to trail his wife Cathleen Hostetler (Catherine Zeta-Jones) on suspicions of adultery days before the mayoral election. To his surprise, Taggart finds Cathleen sleeping with the opponent’s campaign manager. He is even more surprised to find the campaign manager dead mere hours later.

Taggart begins investigating the death and ultimately, Hostetler himself, only to find the mayor wrapped up in shady property dealings. Unfortunately, Hostetler has dirt on Taggart, who must decide between what is right for the city and preserving his own integrity.

Allen Hughes (The Book of Eli, New York, I Love You) delivers an action-packed film with the help of Brian Tucker’s script. Hughes should be able to count on Broken City as being one of his most well-known films, if not the most original.

Wahlberg engages the audience with his portrayal of the intense Taggart, but the typical rebel hero character feels a little overplayed.

Crowe’s stoic depiction of Hostetler is a pleasant, if unexpected surprise, as is Zeta-Jones’ clever interpretation of Cathleen. The cast delivers a strong overall performance that raises the film above others in its genre.

Hughes takes the concept of a crime-thriller and adds a political spin that will occupy audiences all around. Action fans and thrill-seekers will both relish the rebellious delivery of justice. Those looking for something unique can appreciate the political incorporation to a crime-thriller plot. Overall, Broken City should appeal to a wide audience with its powerful plot and talented cast.

The 330 audience members applauded TRUSU’s efforts before the show and many lingered around the theatre afterwards to thank TRUSU for the event.

“We are very happy there are lots of people,” said Bahabri. “Having a full house means it was a great success.”

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  1. Erna Jan. 30, 2013