‘Broken City’ = broken movie

‘Broken City’ = broken movie

Guess who’s the movie villain:

A. The two-term New York City mayor running for re-election; whose wife is played by the shockingly beautiful Catherine Zeta-Jones; who cut taxes and now is trying to tear down a slum to build office buildings for “yuppies.” (Are there still yuppies? Isn’t today’s preferred nomenclature “Metrosexual”?) While killing people.

B. The young, youthful, energetic city councilman, who’s running for the mayor’s job on a reform platform of taxing “rich” people, those making $200,000 or more a year, to build more housing for the poor. ($200,000 in salary in the Rotten Apple means you’re just cracking into the middle class.)

Broken City Catherine Zeta JonesIt’s A, of course.

Based on its preview, I thought “Broken City” might be a decent Big City crime thriller. Starring were three of my favorites, Russell Crowe as the mayor; the stunningly beauteous Zeta-Jones; and Mark Wahlberg as a compromised ex-cop. Supporting roles went to some fine actors: Barry Pepper as the young, youthful,  energetic reform challenger; and Jeffrey Wright as the police commissioner.

Crowe is a great actor, but was just wrong for this role. Or maybe he just mailed in his performance to get a check. I kept comparing him to Al Pacino chewing up scenes in “City Hall,” another NYC political drama that didn’t have that great a plot, but which Pacino made his own.

Hey, here’s a better idea for a movie: Show how NYC’s “temporary” rent control from World War II, a war that ended 68 years ago, instead of helping the poor, destroys their housing. Compare NYC to Houston, where housing is cheap because of not just no rent control, but no zoning.

Main character: a crusading libertarian NYC mayor who seeks to end rent control and zoning, but faces murderous government regulators who hire the mafia to bump him off. Actors: The libertarian mayor is played by James Woods, who’s actually a libertarian in real life. The head government bureaucrat is played by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I’m ready to write the script when Hollywood gives the OK.


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  1. CSHJ
    CSHJ 1 August, 2013, 15:09

    Forget writing the script. You can’t even write a decent article.

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  2. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 1 August, 2013, 19:02

    So what ever happened to James Woods. He seems to have disappeared (or am I just out of touch with Hollyweird movies these days). Did he retire or get blacklisted for being a libertarian?

    Personally, I avoid seeing anything with Marky Mark in it. Just another Hollyweird egomaniac Obama worshiping gungrabber. It didn’t help that he had some really vicious things to say about Charlton Heston after the man died and couldn’t fight back. Just another no class, stupid, obscenely overpaid punk actor.

    Heston was a truly fine actor and a civil rights defender his whole life. Wahlberg the lowlife punk, not so much.

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  3. Let It Collapse
    Let It Collapse 1 August, 2013, 23:03

    More in tune with reality when it comes to NYC, my fantasy star lineup for “Broken City” would be: Moe Howard as the Mayor, Mae West as his wife, Larry Fine as a compromised ex-cop, Curly Howard as the reform challenger and, finally, Don Knotts as the police commissioner.

    To gain the full impact of the film’s theme it’s critical to make it as real as possible. And since NYC has been a joke as far back as I can remember, making this film anything other than a ROTFL comedy would be a great disservice to the Hollywood genre.

    I would love to listen to Moe and Curly debate ‘big gulp’ sodas and the law prohibiting smoking in bars.

    And I would love to hear Curly (a Bloomberg prototype) propose a ban on kissing during foreplay.

    Bloomberg has to be the biggest moron who walks upright on 2 feet.

    Why grown adults tolerate his liberal iron-fisted bouts of fascism I’ll never know.

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