“Broken City” is a nifty political thriller with clever writing, a solid cast and scenes of New York City shot so clearly they seem to pop off the screen.
The movie opens with undercover cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) standing over the body of the suspect he has just shot. That incident will cost him his badge. For the next few years, Billy toils as a private eye, shadowing unfaithful spouses with a camera and returning home to his attractive girlfriend (Natalie Martinez), an actress about to appear in her first indy film role. (We are soon treated to a sexy scene from that very movie.)