'Broken City (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)'
(Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, et al / 2 Disc Blu ray+DVD / R / 2013 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: Seven years after being forced to resign as a New York police officer, private detective Billy Taggart (Wahlberg) takes on his toughest case yet: following the wife (Zeta-Jones) of the city's hard-nosed mayor (Crowe), who's convinced she's cheating on him.
Blu ray Verdict: OK, let's get this straight from the start. Regardless of the fact that Mark Wahlberg is in this flick, let alone Russell Crowe, 'Broken City' is NOT an "action" movie! Indeed, it is way more than that. It is chock-full with tension and intrigue.
The basic storyline is that NYPD detective Billy Taggart (Wahlberg) is arrested for the murder of Mikey Tavarez, who raped and murdered the sixteen-year-old sister of Taggart's girlfriend Natalie Barrow (Natalie Martinez). His friend, Captain Carl Fairbanks (Jeffrey Wright) asks Mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe) for help, and Hostetler eliminates the evidence against Taggart.
So, instantly Tavarez's death is ruled as self-defense and Taggart is forced to leave the police. Seven years later, Taggart is a private detective on the verge of bankruptcy when he's hired by Hostetler to find out who his wife Cathleen Hostetler (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is having an affair with. Helped by his assistant, Katy Bradshaw (Alona Ta), Taggart learns that Cathleen is seeing Paul Andrews (Kyle Chandler), the campaign manager of Hostetler's rival in the upcoming elections, Jack Valliant (Barry Pepper).
I won't go any further, but suffice to say that Wahlberg is renowned for never taking on "dud roles." Ergo, 'Broken City' is a story that is very well written and has a plot gloriously filled with twists and unexpected turns. Definitely worth a viewing, even if you are seriously hoping for more smash than grab! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:
'Broken City' in HD
Putting It All Together Documentary