Just as the song promises and "Broken City" delivers, New York, New York, is a "helluva town." Only, the movie, unlike the song, is dark and murderous and craven. "Broken City" posits that the Big Apple has a bad apple for a mayor, plus a killer cop, an adulterous First Lady, and thugs in every echelon of society.
When Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees director David O. Russell signed on to make The Fighter, he certainly knew boxing films clichés and had no intention of merely repeating them. What he, stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Melissa Leo have delivered does include some obligatory moments but also probes family dynamics in surprising and gratifying ways.