His assistant calls something “wondrous.”
“Wondrous?! Did they teach you that at DeVry?”
Politicians treat slander with the cavalier disregard of those used to an “any means necessary” style of campaigning.
Working-class cops and politicians have homophobic streaks. Wright's police chief-turned-police commissioner has a simmering resentment that feels righteous, but unsavory. Crowe plays the mayor's working-class background as a barely hidden resentment, making him menacing even when he's glad-handing supporters.
There's a lot of background to pack into every character, and Tucker sets them up as virtuous, pure of motive, only to pull the rug from under them.
But “Broken City” doesn't have a compelling narrative to pull it along. Wahlberg, playing well within his comfort zone, dials back the fearsome, aiming for funny some of the time. It's a hallmark of this slightly-better-than-average thriller that it is missing some thrills.
— Roger Moore, MCT Information Services