Broken City

Theatrical Release: January 18, 2013
Broken City


In a broken city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) seeks redemption – and revenge – after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor (Russell Crowe). Billy’s relentless pursuit of justice, matched only by his streetwise toughness, makes him an unstoppable force – and the mayor’s worst nightmare.

Dove Review

Although actors Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe chew up the scenery when they act together and play well off of each other the number of profanities pile up quickly in this film. They are uttered often and throughout the entire movie.

Crowe plays the Mayor of New York City who is campaigning for re-election. He believes his wife (Catherine Zeta Jones) is involved with his opponent’s campaign manager and although Wahlberg’s character, Billy Taggart, was released from duty seven years earlier, he is now a private investigator. The Mayor hires him and places a check for $25,000 in his hand with the promise of another $25,000 if he brings him photos and news on what his wife is doing with this man.

The plot thickens when the campaign manager is killed and soon Taggart is trying to piece this mysterious puzzle together although he realizes his own cost might be great if he truly intends to bring the Mayor to his knees. Despite the solid performances from Wahlberg and Crowe, this movie is not family friendly and features not only the strong language in the content but nudity as well.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A couple seen having sex and woman is nearly nude; a couple watch a movie and woman's nude breasts are seen and her rear and man begins to thrust from behind her.
Language: GD-6; G/OMG-1; F-58 (7 utterances used sexually and one in a song); S-17 (3 in a song); A-9; D-5; SOB-5; H-2; Slang for male genitalia-1; Slang for female genitalia-1
Violence: Men shot; man seen dead with blood on body; man grabs woman and squeezes her neck; man hit with a baseball bat; punching and kicking; man seen with blood on ear;
Drugs: Drinking and bar scenes throughout; beer and whiskey and champagne; references to drinking; smoking of cigarettes.
Nudity: Breasts seen on screen a few times; most of a woman's rear as she is wearing a thong and lingerie and then most of her rear in a sex scene; cleavage; shirtless men.
Other: Deception and betrayal; tension between a husband and wife and other characters.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Writer: Brian Tucker
Director: Allen Hughes
Producer: Remington Chase
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 109 min.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter