January 17, 2013

Movie Review: 'Broken City': Down and dirty

Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe square off – or do they? – in this crime thriller set on New York's moral low ground.

By STEVEN REA McClatchy Newspapers

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Mark Wahlberg, above, stars as private investigator Billy Taggart, who is hired by New York’s mayor, played by Russell Crowe, below, to follow his wife, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones.

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"BROKEN CITY," starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper and Natalie Martinez. Directed by Allen Hughes, written by Brian Tucker. Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence. Running time: 1:49

"And Marcus was there, and a lot of the team guys, the SEALs guys that trained us, were there. So it wasn't like we could phone it in."

Not that Wahlberg is implying he's phoning anything in.

And beyond this year? Look for Wahlberg in Bay's "Transformers" reboot, in the comedy "Avon Man" and, yes, in the sequel to the over-the-top stoner romp "Ted." Wahlberg proudly declares that the movie he made with Seth MacFarlane and that foul-mouthed plush toy is the biggest original (as in non-sequel) R-rated comedy of all time.

"It was one of those things where, when I first heard the idea, I was hesitant to even consider reading it," Wahlberg says of "Ted." "Everybody that I talked to, that I spoke about it with, thought, 'Oh, you're an idiot."'

Look for Wahlberg and Ted to make a special appearance at the Academy Awards next month. Seriously. Well, seriously but comedically -- Wahlberg says that he's onboard to shoot a segment with MacFarlane.

"I have never presented at the Oscars," notes Wahlberg, who was nominated for a supporting actor Academy Award in 2007, for his work in Martin Scorsese's "The Departed."

"It's one of those things where if you're nominated, you should go, and if not, you're just getting dressed up to get your picture taken. I'm not that kind of guy."


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Russell Crowe, left, Jeffrey Wright and Mark Wahlberg in “Broken City.”


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