Inspired by true events, "The Water Diviner" thrusts the viewer into the December 1915 Battle of Gallipoli, pitting Turkish troops against the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) trying vainly to control supply routes. Both sides would suffer a quarter million casualties. ANZAC's dead would reach almost 50,000; the Turks' dead an estimated 65,000. This story focuses on three brothers.
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.