Broken City (Broken City, #1) by D.D. ChantDeeta Richards has never seen the outside world. Before she was born a banking crisis brought civilization to an end and now no one leaves the safety of the compounds unless they need to, but Deeta still dreams of seeing more than the building she was born in.
Tom is in the guard, this group are the only people that the tribal elders allow to leave the compound and Tom knows only too well that Deeta could never survive the harshness that exists outside. Then tragedy strikes and Deeta and her sister Jan find themselves captured by a hostile tribe. Why does Tom know so much about these people? And why do they know so much about him? As this mystery draws to a climax, they discover that their friend Tom is not quite what he seems...
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At its best, though, the film strains heroically to achieve its Chinatown -level ambition and transcend its hackneyed elements: an alcoholic, disgraced cop with a tragic past; a powerful politician with a secret he will go to great lengths to protect; an adulterous trophy wife; a high-stakes land deal with enormous ramifications for an upcoming mayoral election. In spite of some punchy scenes, crackling dialogue, and fine performances, Broken City is hopelessly overmatched. It has Academy Award dreams, but a detective-show heart. The ubiquitous Mark Wahlberg plays a dedicated cop whose career ended the moment he exceeded the boundaries of the law and killed a rapist and murderer who had been set free on a technicality. Years later, Wahlberg struggles to pay the bills as a low-rent private detective, snooping around windows hoping to snap pictures of cheaters in compromising positions. His fortunes change when New York mayor Russell Crowe wants a PI to investigate his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and identify her mystery lover in the days leading up to a tense mayoral election between Crowe and liberal challenger Barry Pepper. But the job ends up being about a whole lot more than simple adultery, and Wahlberg has to put together the pieces of a far-reaching conspiracy.
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When people ask me about a particular movie, they don't say, "Are the performances transcendent? I can't tell you with a straight face "Broken City" is "any good," but I can make the case you'll have a good time even when the screenplay is breaking bad. You look at that cast — Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones , Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg , terrific supporting players such as Barry Pepper , Kyle Chandler , Jeffrey Wright and Griffin Dunne — and you figure at least some of these actors read the script, and thought, OK, I'll sink my teeth into this one, even if the cheese gets pretty binding at times. From a lurid plot sometimes so predictable they could have inserted subtitles issuing a spoiler alert warning of Russell Crowe's thuggishly over-the-top performance as a power-thirsty New York mayor, "Broken City" is the sworn enemy of subtle. Directed by Allen Hughes who has teamed up with his brother on films such as " Menace II Society ," " From Hell " and " The Book of Eli " , this is a big, juicy, sometimes clunky political crime thriller that plays like a 21st century B-movie. It's pretty trashy and sometimes stupid. But there was never a moment when I wasn't entertained on one level or another.