I have just returned from seeing this magnificent film and I am still to recover from the experience. It is one of the most powerful films that I have seen on the subject of ordinary people involved in war and such films carry more in the form of unexpected friendships than the other genres do.
I have nothing to say about the film except to recommend that all my readers see it to get the experience first hand of a top class story told brilliantly on screen by some remarkable acting by all the cast, notably Russell Crowe. I have no hesitation in giving it a [rating=6] rating.
It is Russell Crowe season and when Mark Wahlberg is thrown in as a bonus, I could not resist the temptation. I had seen the former in another film just a few days ago!
I saw Broken City yesterday as part of an indulgent lazy day for myself.
To start with, I landed up at the multiplex half an hour before the start of the film and spent 25 minutes in a cafe having excellent Capuccino and Curry Puffs. I did this exact thing just about a year ago and it was like déjà vu!
Cafe Coffee Day has come a long way during the interim and now offers free Wi Fi! I think that I should go there more often and do some of my blogging there! If I can get myself a tablet, that should be possible.
The film was gripping and if instead of New York we can have Mumbai, this story can come alive in our part of the world too. Both the actors who had persuaded me to see the film did not let me down. For those who like Crime flims, this is a good see.
I followed the film with lunch at a new restaurant called Tikka Town in a mall called Inorbit.
Had some delectable biriyani, assorted kebabs and rounded it all off with some great gulab jamuns. Sorry, I was too hungry to take photographs of the food!
The lazy indulgent day continued when I returned home for a nice two hour siesta!
Yes, I experienced misery yesterday.
Other than the stellar performances by Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, both of who are favourites of mine anyway and I am likely to be prejudiced, there is little to recommend about this film. If you dislike films which try to depict reality with low light quality, this is a film most certainly to be avoided.
I went knowing fully well that I will feel miserable, because I am familiar with the story which has haunted my generation of Indians from childhood with Ezhai Padum Paadu a Tamil film version of the same story being very much part of our education and growing up. Needless to say, the novel had to be read to be discussed with peers who would otherwise think that you were uneducated. I developed a mild headache during the viewing which magically disappeared when we came out of the theater into bright sun light.
All was however not lost. I enjoyed the company of a charming young lady who perhaps had a worse time than I had seeing the movie, but who enjoyed the lunch that followed as much I did.
Yes, Greek Salad served in a triangular dish, Ratatouille Crepe and Apple Crumble in a restaurant called most inappropriately FLAG’S. The ambiance and the service was excellent and we were well fed.
So, if your outing includes an escapade for a good meal in a good restaurant to compensate, avoid the film.