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American Hustle (2013)


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American Hustle (2013)

Back in August of 2013, when I first heard about American Hustle, this was my viewpoint on it:

David O. Russell has taken 3 stars from his film Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and 2 stars from his film The Fighter (2010), and brought all 5 of them together to make a movie.  If The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook had a baby, it would be named American Hustle.

Not only is this film a guaranteed Oscar contender, but it will likely be amazing.

I have been excited about seeing American Hustle ever since.

American Hustle Cooper Adams Bale

What do you get when you cross two conniving con artists, a crazy FBI agent, corrupt politicians and the mob?  The answer, American Hustle.  Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and his girlfriend Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) have developed an excellent partnership of swindling desperate people out of their money.  Everything is going great until one day, a power hungry FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) catches the couple in his web.  In order to keep from going to prison, Irving and Sydney are forced to work with the FBI to try to help bring down other criminals.  One thing leads to another and they find themselves butting heads with the mafia.  The beauty of it all is that you can’t tell who is conning who.

The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Pena, Alessandro Nivola, Louis C.K., Jack Huston, Robert De Niro, and Paul Herman.

I have to say that I loved the trailer for this movie.  It tells you what the movie is about without telling you much about the movie at all.  They leave a lot to the imagination.  It was refreshing.  You get excited to see the movie because of the cast of characters and how they are acting, but you are dying to know what the movie is really about.  In this day and age, this is a risky concept because there are multiple movies out there that appear like they are about nothing because their trailer does not tell you much, and when you go to watch them they are pointless.  Their secrecy sucks you in, but in reality they weren’t keeping a secret.  They just really suck and you just wasted your time.  American Hustle is not like that, at all.  There is far more to this film than the trailer leads you to believe.

I did not expect there to be as much humor as there was.  The movie was laugh-out-loud hilarious.  It was very smart, well thought out dark humor.

American Hustle Cooper Bale

The film oozed with elegance.  Everything about the movie seemed classy.  It was clean and crisp.  The colors were so clear and bright.  From a filmmaking aspect alone, the movie was perfection.  Picture that, but then throw in some of the best actors in the business into a flawlessly put together movie.

So, now you have a diamond of a movie with a cast that is worth its weight in gold.  What do you get now?  Fireworks.  American Hustle recreates the 70s believably and the soundtrack is there to prove it.  The actors play the game like the all-stars that they are.  The chemistry was electrifying between everybody.  The actors kept one-upping each other.

Chistian Bale, with a porky belly and the cheapest comb over imaginable stood out among the rest.  His performance was not surprising, but it was every bit as good as anything he has ever done before.  His performance was not surprising because he has been acting at such a high level for such a long time, that it’s hard to expect anything less out of him.  His acting was power and precision.  For a long time now, Johnny Depp has been my favorite actor and Bale has been my second favorite.  I think Bale just surpassed Depp.  Dare I say, lately he is more consistently in better movies.  Bale is capable of almost any role and he proves it time and time again.  I have not seen all of the movies that are up for Academy Awards, but as of right now, Bale gets my vote for Best Actor, and he should be competing against himself for Out of the Furnace (2013)(that movie was snubbed), as well.

American Hustle Adams Bale

Speaking of Academy Awards, Amy Adams.  She was absolutely wonderful in American Hustle.  She was stylish and sophisticated.  Instead of being dressed down, like she was in The Fighter, her beauty was really able to shine through to her core.  She played a woman who was always in control and it was the best performance by an actress that I have seen since perhaps, Hilary Swank in the film Million Dollar Baby (2004).  It certainly was Amy’s best film that I have seen to date.  It was even better than her performance in The Fighter.

Bradley Cooper had more curlers in his hair than Amy Adams.  He pulled it off though and it was funny.  He brought a level of insanity to his role in American Hustle that showed similarities to Silver Linings Playbook.  He was allowed his moments to shine, but you could tell he was along for the ride in the back seat behind Bale.  Amy Adams was riding shotgun and Jennifer Lawrence was in the back seat behind her, sitting next to Cooper.

Jennifer Lawrence seemed to pick up right where she left off in Silver Linings Playbook.  She was the broken housewife with an attitude and an appetite for wreaking havoc and turmoil.  I thought she played the part about as well as she did in Silver Linings Playbook.

American Hustle Lawrence

David O. Russell has come a long way since Flirting With Disaster (1996) and I Heart Huckabees (2004).  He took a page right out of Martin Scorsese’s book by having multiple narrators in American Hustle.  The movie actually was very Scorsese-esque.  Russell’s last three films have all been Oscar contenders and American Hustle is as deserving of an Oscar as either of the other two.  My only concern is that this movie gets screwed out of the Academy Awards that it rightfully deserves for the sake of diversity.

This film was like the acting all-star game of 2013.

I rate this movie a 10 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

Note: I usually do not rate a movie a 10 after the first showing, but I could not find anything wrong with this movie.  I thought that it might drag on a little bit because of the 138 minutes running time, but it didn’t.  It was just an exercise in excellence.  I am often reluctant to give a movie a 10 rating right away because I think that it should prove the test of time.  I think this one already did.

If you liked American Hustle, then you will most likely enjoy the following films:

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Out of the Furnace (2013)

The Machinist (2004)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

Prisoners (2013)

Broken City (2013)

The Counselor (2013)

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

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Current Redbox Movie Reviews October 2013


Current Redbox Movie Reviews October 2013

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I have seen 87 of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox.  Of those 87 films, I have written a review for 50 of them.  My reviews will let you know what I think are the best movies currently available at the Redbox and what are the worst movies currently available at the Redbox.

Note: I will continue to update this list throughout the month of October.  Each month I will keep updating a new list that will have more and more movies on it.  If you like what you see, I hope that you will come back for more in the future.

Click on each title below for a trailer, pictures, cast list, my rating, and my review of that movie.

6 Souls (2009)

42 (2013)

Admission (2013)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Broken City (2013)

Bullet to the Head (2012)

The Call (2013)

The Company You Keep (2012)

Curse of Chucky (2013)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Django Unchained (2012)

Emperor (2012)

End of Watch (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

The Frozen Ground (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

The Guilt Trip (2012)

A Haunted House (2013)

The Iceman (2012)

Identity Thief (2013)

The Impossible (2012)

InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Killing Season (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Lincoln (2012)

Mama (2013)

Mud (2012)

Now You See Me (2013)

Oblivion (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Only God Forgives (2013)

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Pain & Gain (2013)

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Sinister (2012)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Stoker (2013)

This is the End (2013)

Tomorrow You’re Gone (2012)

Trance (2013)

Vehicle 19 (2013)

World War Z (2013)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

If you like what you see then click on this link: www.brockingmovies.com to check out the rest of my site.  Movies are what I do.

The Best Movies of 2013


The Best Movies of 2013

2013 is not over yet, but the last couple months of the year always seems to have a ton of new releases that get crammed in just in time to be considered for the current year’s Academy Awards.

We are in the midst of the beginning of the end of the year, so I thought it would be fitting to list all of the best movies that have been released so far this year.  I will list what I think are the best movies so far this year, and the rest of my list will consist of other great movies that did not quite make the cut.  The movies that did not make the cut were still pretty awesome and worth seeing.

Click on each movie for my full review, rating, trailer, and poster artwork for that film.

So, without further ado, here is the list:

The Best Movies of 2013 (in alphabetical order)

2 Guns (2013)

42 (2013)

All is Lost (2013)

American Hustle (2013)

Captain Phillips (2013)

Gravity (2013)

The Iceman (2012)

Lone Survivor (2013)

Out of the Furnace (2013)

Prisoners (2013)

Best Sequels:

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Red 2 (2013)

Other Great Movies that did not make the cut (in alphabetical order)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Broken City (2013)

Bullet to the Head (2012)

The Conjuring (2013)

Escape Plan (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)

The Heat (2013)

Jobs (2013)

Man of Steel (2013)

Mud (2012)

Oblivion (2013)

Oz The Great and Powerful (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

The Purge (2013)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Violet & Daisy (2011)

White House Down (2013)

The Wolverine (2013)

World War Z (2013)

Because the year is not over yet, I will continue to add to this list.  That is of course, if I see a movie that is good enough to be on it.  Considering the list of movies that are set to release before the end of the year, I’m sure that I will have no problem adding to this list.  I hope that you will come back to www.brockingmovies.com to see any additions to the list.

Current Redbox Movie Reviews September 2013


Current Redbox Movie Reviews September 2013

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I have seen 94 of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox.  Of those 94 films, I have written a review for 52 of them.  My reviews will let you know what I think are the best movies currently available at the Redbox and what are the worst movies currently available at the Redbox.

Note: I will continue to update this list throughout the month of September.  Each month I will keep updating a new list that will have more and more movies on it.  If you like what you see, I hope that you will come back for more in the future.

Click on each title below for a trailer, pictures, cast list, my rating, and my review of that movie.

6 Souls (2009)

42 (2013)

Admission (2013)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Broken City (2013)

Bullet to the Head (2013)

The Call (2013)

The Company You Keep (2012)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Django Unchained (2012)

Emperor (2012)

End of Watch (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

Flight (2012)

Frankenweenie (2012)

Gangster Squad (2013)

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

The Guilt Trip (2012)

A Haunted House (2013)

Hitchcock (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

Identity Thief (2013)

The Impossible (2012)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Killing Season (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Lincoln (2012)

Mama (2013)

Mud (2012)

Now You See Me (2013)

Oblivion (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Pain & Gain (2013)

The Paperboy (2012)

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

The Possession (2012)

Red Dawn (2012)

Robot & Frank (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Sinister (2012)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Stoker (2013)

Tomorrow You’re Gone (2012)

Trance (2013)

Vehicle 19 (2013)

World War Z (2013)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

If you like what you see then click on this link: www.brockingmovies.com to check out the rest of my site.  Movies are what I do.

For more Redbox related material click on the following links below

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 4

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 3

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 2

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies

Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies

Are you thinking about seeing a movie that is currently in theatres?

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Click here for Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 30th – September 5th.  You will find previews, poster artwork, and my full review of all of the movies that I have seen that are currently in theatres.  You’ll be able to see which movies are out right now and it might just help you decide which movies are worth seeing.

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Are you a fan of Netflix?  Click on the following links below for Netflix related material:

Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews September 2013

20 Best Drama Movies Based on Real Life Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

20 Best Classics Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Mind-bending Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Romantic Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Gritty Action/Thriller Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best War/Military Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

Happy movie watching!

2 Guns (2013)


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2 Guns (2013)

Director Baltasar Kormakur pulled out the big guns for his new Action/Comedy 2 Guns.  With a cast that includes Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Bill Paxton, James Marsden, and Paula Patton, how could you go wrong?  This is the question that I asked myself.  My answer was that you most likely can’t go wrong.  I was very excited to see this film, so I caught one of the first showings.

2 Guns Washington Wahlberg

The film is about an undercover DEA agent (Washington) and an undercover Special Forces officer (Wahlberg) that team up to get close to a drug cartel.  The catch: each man is unaware that the other is a cop.

The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Edward James Olmos, Fred Ward, Robert John Duke, and Patrick Fischler.

2 Guns Patton Washington

2 Guns is a high caliber adventure that is fully loaded with twists and turns, plenty of action, an amazing cast of edgy characters, lots of laughs, and a whole lot of fun.

Denzel Washington is one actor that has never really disappointed me.  He has always acted his heart out in every role that I have seen him in.  He is certainly one of the greats.  He is one of the most consistently solid actors of our time.  His role in 2 Guns is evidence that he has no intention of changing his ways or slowing down.  His character is suave and in control.  He lets his presence be known on screen.  If he were a Jedi, the force would be strong with this one.

2 Guns Wahlberg Washington Car

Mark Wahlberg’s acting ability has noticeably improved over the years.  It was never bad by any means, but he has definitely found his niche.  He has always taken a no-nonsense approach to his acting.  This has given his movies more intensity and energy.  Over time, he has learned to develop a different personality to each of the characters that he plays.  He has become very versatile.  In 2 Guns, he somehow managed to be funny and a badass.

The witty banter exchanged between Washington and Wahlberg was hilarious.  That, mixed with each man’s physical ability for violence made the movie very entertaining.  Their characters played off of each other wonderfully.

Besides Haywire (2011), I have not seen Paxton in anything great for a while.  This is his best film movie Frailty (2001).  He played a good tough-guy in this film.

There was never a dull moment in this movie.  If you are looking for a lot of action, some good laughs, great acting, and an overall awesome film experience, look no further than 2 Guns.  This movie has everything.  It’s the best Action/Comedy film so far this year, and will probably be the best of the year.

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

If you enjoyed 2 Guns, then you will most likely enjoy:

Broken City (2013)

Pain & Gain (2013)

Flight (2012)

Red 2 (2013)

Ted (2012)

Current Redbox Movie Reviews August 2013


Current Redbox Movie Reviews August 2013

Click here for Current Redbox Movie Reviews September 2013

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Redbox changes its movie selection periodically.  Out with the old and in with the new.  I do not claim to have seen all of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox.  However, I have seen 97 of them.  Of those 97 films, I have written a review for 49 of them.  My reviews will let you know what I think are the best movies currently available at the Redbox and what are the worst movies currently available at the Redbox.

Note: I will continue to update this list throughout the month of August.  Each month I will keep updating a new list that will have more and more movies on it.  If you like what you see, I hope that you will come back for more in the future.

Click on each title below for a trailer, pictures, cast list, my rating, and my review of that movie.

42 (2013)

Admission (2013)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Broken City (2013)

Bullet to the Head (2013)

The Call (2013)

The Company You Keep (2012)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Django Unchained (2012)

Dredd (2012)

Emperor (2012)

End of Watch (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

Flight (2012)

Frankenweenie (2012)

Gangster Squad (2013)

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

The Guilt Trip (2012)

A Haunted House (2013)

Hitchcock (2012)

Identity Thief (2013)

The Impossible (2012)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Killing Season (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Leave (2011)

Lincoln (2012)

Mama (2013)

Mud (2012)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Pain & Gain (2013)

The Paperboy (2012)

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)

The Possession (2012)

Red Dawn (2012)

Robot & Frank (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Sinister (2012)

Skyfall (2012)

Stoker (2013)

Ted (2012)

Tomorrow You’re Gone (2012)

Trance (2013)

Vehicle 19 (2013)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

If you like what you see then click on this link: www.brockingmovies.com to check out the rest of my site.  Movies are what I do.

For more Redbox related material click on the following links below

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 4

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 3

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 2

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies

Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies

Are you thinking about seeing a movie that is currently in theatres?

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Click here for Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 30th – September 5th.  You will find previews, poster artwork, and my full review of all of the movies that I have seen that are currently in theatres.  You’ll be able to see which movies are out right now and it might just help you decide which movies are worth seeing.

Netflix Clouds

Are you a fan of Netflix?  Click on the following links below for Netflix related material:

Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews September 2013

20 Best Drama Movies Based on Real Life Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

20 Best Classics Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Mind-bending Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Romantic Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Gritty Action/Thriller Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best War/Military Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

Happy movie watching!

Current Redbox Movie Reviews July 2013


Current Redbox Movie Reviews July 2013

Click here for Current Redbox Movie Reviews September 2013

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Redbox changes its movie selection periodically.  Out with the old and in with the new.  I do not claim to have seen all of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox.  However, I have seen 90 of them.  Of those 90 films, I have written a review for 35 of them.  My reviews will let you know what I think are the best movies currently available at the Redbox and what are the worst movies currently available at the Redbox.

Note: I will continue to update this list throughout the month of July.

Click on each title below for a trailer, my rating, and my review of that movie.

Broken City (2013)

The Call (2013)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Django Unchained (2012)

Dredd (2012)

End of Watch (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

Flight (2012)

Frankenweenie (2012)

Gangster Squad (2013)

The Guilt Trip (2012)

A Haunted House (2013)

Hitchcock (2012)

Identity Thief (2013)

The Impossible (2012)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Leave (2011)

Lincoln (2012)

Mama (2013)

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

The Paperboy (2012)

The Possession (2012)

Red Dawn (2012)

Robot & Frank (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Sinister (2012)

Skyfall (2012)

Stoker (2013)

Stolen (2012)

Ted (2012)

Tomorrow You’re Gone (2012)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

If you like what you see then click on this link: www.brockingmovies.com to check out the rest of my site.  Movies are what I do.

For more Redbox related material click on the following links below

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 4

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 3

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 2

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies

Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies

Are you thinking about seeing a movie that is currently in theatres? 

Movie Tickets Popcorn

Click here for Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 30th – September 5th.  You will find previews, poster artwork, and my full review of all of the movies that I have seen that are currently in theatres.  You’ll be able to see which movies are out right now and it might just help you decide which movies are worth seeing.

Netflix Clouds

Are you a fan of Netflix?  Click on the following links below for Netflix related material:

Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews September 2013

20 Best Drama Movies Based on Real Life Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

20 Best Classics Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Mind-bending Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Romantic Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Gritty Action/Thriller Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best War/Military Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

Happy movie watching!

Pain & Gain (2013)


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Pain & Gain (2013)

Michael Bay took a true story about bodybuilding thieves and kidnappers, and chewed it up and spit it out bigger and better than before.  The producer and director has a tendency to go big or go home.  Pain & Gain went huge with a super sized Mark Wahlberg, a bulkier Dwayne Johnson “The Rock”, and an extra beefed up Anthony Mackie.

Pain & Gain Trio

I should not have enjoyed this movie, but I did.  It is supposedly a true story, but you have to believe that with Michael Bay involved, the film could very well be far from the truth.  Everything about the movie was way over-the-top.

Pain & Gain Over the top

The movie was raunchy, vulgar, and went totally off the deep end.  It’s filled with drugs, cussing, nudity, and brutality.  I was caught off guard at how funny the movie was though.  I expected an action/adventure and I got an action/comedy.  The story is pretty twisted and it needed a lot of comedy to help you get through it, so kudos to the filmmakers for recognizing this fact.  The real story was probably not that funny.  The real story was probably not that entertaining either.

If you are not a fan of dark comedy, then you might not like this movie.  It is mostly filled with dark comedy and stupid comedy.  After all, all brawn and no brains is the underlined theme of this film.  The movie could also be considered very offensive.  If you are easily offended, you might not like the film.

Pain & Gain Wahlberg hit

The rest of the notable cast includes Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Bar Paly, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, Michael Risponi, Larry Hankin, Tony Plana, and Peter Stormare.

The characters were far out, but very well-acted.  The casting was perfect.  I don’t think that you could find a funnier bunch of giants anywhere.  With that being said, if this movie had a different cast, it probably would have just been awful.  I am certain that the actual people that the characters are based on are not nearly as likable as the actors who play them in the movie.

Pain & Gain Wahlberg Pool

With how big Mark Wahlberg is now, if he could go back in time and fight his character in The Fighter (2010), he would beat the crap out of that guy.  He gained 40lbs. to make Pain & Gain and he looks gigantic.  Dwayne Johnson “The Rock” somehow became more enormous for his role.  It just goes to show the dedication that these guys had to make the movie.

Pain & Gain Johnson Crazy

I rate this movie a 7 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

If you liked Pain & Gain, then you will most likely enjoy:

2 Guns (2013)

Broken City (2013)

Ted (2013)

Broken City (2013)


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Broken City (2013)

Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe both let their presence be known in Broken City.  Each man carries himself with such tenacity and vigor that when you put them both in the same movie together, you are certainly in for a show.  Put them both in the same scene, and you are in for fireworks.

In this film, Crowe reminds us all just how powerful his acting can be.  He seemed like he was very comfortable with his part and was having a lot of fun with it.  That aspect of it was pretty obvious and made the movie more enjoyable.

broken city cheers

Wahlberg has been choosing his movie roles very carefully lately, and makes yet another wise choice.  He has definitely shown us that he can act with the best of them and delivers another very raw, intense performance.  Obviously he is the lead in this film and he was billed first before Russell Crowe, but I think that he has rightfully earned that position.  He has paid his dues and has reached the superstar status.

The movie is pretty dark.  It is filled with deceit, dirty cops and politicians, murder, and violence.  It’s almost scary how well it was all depicted.  It was all very well written, well directed, and skillfully filmed.  It was all rounded out by a superb supporting cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey Wright, and Kyle Chandler.  The latter three of those four are all very solid character actors and they were all at their best.

barry pepperkyle chandler broken city

I have noticed a trend recently.  Female lead characters have not had much of a chance to develop their characters in movies.  It just seems that more and more, actresses are not given too many lines or very big roles in larger movies as of late.  They may be main characters, but the men usually dominate the film.  Obviously this happens a lot in movies, but usually when the movie has a big budget and a high caliber cast, it also gets a couple of strong female lead characters to go with it.  Broken City continued the trend of weak or underdeveloped female lead characters.  This may have taken a little bit away from the movie, but at the same time could have contributed to how and why the male characters went off the deep end.  Their female counterparts were a little too withdrawn.

wright wahlberg broken city

Broken City was reminiscent of old Humphrey Bogart private detective movies such as The Maltese Falcon (1941), or The Big Sleep (1946).  Of course it is a new age and more intense film than those were, but it just reminded me of them while I was watching it.  Those were classic films that were fun to watch.

Overall, Broken City was a very strong, entertaining film.

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

If you enjoyed Broken City, then you will probably like:

2 Guns (2013)

Pain & Gain (2013)

Ted (2012)

American Hustle (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

Lone Survivor (2013)

crown zeta broken city