New York City politics is often a hard thing to navigate, let alone when you start bringing elections, property development and the police department into the equation, so leave it to Allen Hughes, one half of the Hughes Brothers–who broke into the movie scene with the ’90s crime thrillers Menace II Society and Dead Presidents–to try and tackle such a lofty subject with his first solo directing gig, Broken City.
More of a white collar suspense crime-thriller than the type of street-level action crime thrillers the Hughes Brothers were known for, it stars Mark Wahlberg as Billy Taggart, a former New York police detective who was saved from a prison sentence after shooting a perp by the citys mayor, played by Russell Crowe. Seven years later, the mayor is in the middle of a heated mayoral race against a bright newcomer (Barry Pepper) and he calls upon Billy to help him keep an eye on his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who he believes is cheating on him. Theres a lot more to the story than that, something Billy finds out the further he investigates the mayor’s wife’s dalliances, but saying more would ruin what one suspects would be better learned through watching the film.
ComingSoon.net caught up with Hughes earlier this week and in the video interview below, we spoke to the filmmaker about:
* Making a movie about New York politics and how he found the script
Broken City opens nationwide on Friday, January 18.