Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Movies: Broken City

Money and politics are in a close marriage, especially in New York City where cash rules. This is an invitation for Hollywood to knit thrillers about power struggles in the megapolis. A decade ago they delivered "City Hall" (with Al Pacino, John Cusack & Bridget Fonda), now we got "Broken City", directed by Allen Hughes (imdb.com).

Even that the basic story - corruption creates danger & mayhem - has been told more than 1000 times, the film is quite entertaining thanks to it´s excellent cast.

It´s fun to watch Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe playing the antagonists and the conflict between good and evil. Catherine Zeta-Jones lends the movie style and elegance. And the Israel born Alona Tal is a discovery whom I wish to see more often.

But the real star of the movie is New York City. Cinematographer Ben Seresin captured her beauty in awesome pictures. Stunning aerial shots, street scenes, stunning rooftops, cool bars and much more fit together to an exquisite kaleidoscope.

"Broken City" is a solid political thriller with a special benefit for those who like New York City.

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