An excellent cast, but what a turkey. “Broken City” wallows in its terrible plotting.
Mark Wahlberg stars as a cop-turned-private-detective who, seven years after getting booted by the NYPD for a questionable shooting, is hired by the mayor to investigate his wife. The mayor, Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe), is obviously corrupt and Billy Taggart (Wahlberg) would be best-advised to walk away. He doesn’t.
Taggart trails Hostetler’s wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) to a secret rendezvous with Paul Andrews (Kyle Chandler), the campaign manager of Hostetler’s opponent. And, so it goes.
What doesn’t go is the endless parade of film noir clichés, strung together by a mediocre script. The actors are sincere enough. They gave it a go. But, “Broken City” is a been-there-done-that kind of story with no compelling reason for the audience to stay involved. Grade: C-