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Review: ‘Broken City’ could use some fixing

January 16, 2013 • Entertainment


This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Russell Crowe, left, and Mark Wahlberg in a scene from “Broken City.” (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Barry Wetcher)

It should come as no surprise that every character in a movie called “Broken City” is either rotten to the core, or a liar, or a schemer, or the bearer of seriously damaging secrets.

What is surprising — and frustrating, really — is that these characters never feel like real people, despite a series of twists that should reveal hidden, unexpected facets of their personalities and despite being played by big-name stars including Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones. They’re all still conniving, only with varying alliances and targets.

At the center of these dizzying double crosses is Wahlberg as Billy Taggart, a former Login to read more

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