Tonally, the film is all over the place, ranging from heavy drama to broad comedy, and while, in theory, that could work in the hands of the right director, Norris doesn’t have the nuance or subtlety to pull it off.
When the film calls for Serious Moments, the actors all pitch their performances to the people in the back of the theater, with yelling being the calling card for drama.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few surprises, even if they feel cheap and manipulative.
Their new, but genuine, relationship is tested even further as they try to save each other, from his dark past which has come back to haunt him.
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To the family’s right are the Buckleys (Clare Burt and Denis Lawson), who care for their mentally challenged son, Rick (Robert Emms).
Meanwhile to the left are the white trash Oswalds, led by the violent head of the household (Kinnear), who is still reeling from the death of his wife as he cares for Sunrise, Saskia and the promiscuous Susan, his three unruly daughters. Oswald coldcocking Rick after finding a condom among his daughter’s possessions.
He's gone from the ribald wit of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to the theatrical follies of Rob Roy, which saw him nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1996.
Most of all, he's been in a lot of "boy's films" - a hold-up merchant in Tarantino's Pulp Fiction; a Russian gangster in Little Odessa; and a Jewish mobster in Hoodlum. "If I could afford to, I'd give it up." Despite The War Zone winning Best New British Feature at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Roth has yet to follow it up.
Thus, when the movie shifts to lighter scenes, the transition is jarring, oftentimes with scenes feeling like they were pulled out of a different movie entirely.
But worst of all, this is exactly the kind of movie where you can ballpark what happens to everybody by the end.
wild, funny, sweet and extravagantly violent in a way that actually serves the story and doesn't gratuitously distract from the plot; great timing, great overall pacing, great balance between dialogue and action, perfect casting in both primary and supporting roles.
sam rockwell nails his role as cheerful, devil-may-care assassin, and anna kendrick showing her comedic and acting chops shaping up to be one of the great performers of her wants to be normal?
There is a difference between a kitchen sink drama and a drama that includes everything but the kitchen sink, and unfortunately for “Broken,” it’s more of the latter than the former.