After a few rough years and a couple of roles involving dodgy accents and weak singing, Russell Crowe could be planning a return to the land of the respectable with a part in this political thriller co-starring Mark Wahlberg. In Broken City, Crowe plays the Mayor of New York City, who hires a disgraced ex-cop (Wahlberg) to do a bit of light spying on his sexy wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). But as you might expect, Wahlberg soon finds himself witness to a conspiracy of murder, sex and corruption. Or simply put: a sexy, corrupt murder conspiracy.
Crowe’s voice-over at the beginning of the trailer suggests that Big Russ might be having more accent troubles, but glimpses of a scene in the Mayor’s office hints at a garrulous character who’s not all he’s made out to be. This is not the kind of film that normally elicits awards nominations, but this could be the role that restores Crowe’s status as a reliable character actor.
Broken City is set for a UK cinematic release on March 1st