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5.0 out of 5 stars A great and powerful Brit-flick, 11 July 2013
This review is from: Broken [DVD] (DVD)
British cinema does best when it doesn't try and outdo Hollywood. Here we see a simple tale of three families in the same street, all intertwining yet slowly falling apart for different reasons.

`Broken' is a drama and, like all films that try to emulate real life (as opposed to giant talking robots and hordes of flesh-eating zombies), it contains a mixture of the general ingredients you find in your own day to day life, i.e. humour, emotion, happiness, sadness and conflict.

Cillian Murphy shares top billing with Tim Roth, but it's Roth who, combined with his on-screen daughter `Skunk' steals every scene, as they're one of the most believable father/daughter combination ever captured on film.

I won't go into too much detail regarding the plot, as you're only going to get the one chance to see it and not know what's coming next. But, if you sit down to this one, you should laugh and cry with the highs and lows of these people's lives.

I loved it - so much so that I couldn't believe anyone could not like it. Yet, it does seem to have attracted some negative criticism - mainly that it's too `melodramatic.' Maybe it does try to combine too many devastating events into a short space of time, but hasn't Eastenders been doing that for years?

If you're in the mood for a drama that is equally heart-warming as it is heart-wrenching, then give this one a go.

(probably more a 4.5 / 5, but I'm leaning towards generous)
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Initial post: 29 Dec 2013 22:28:33 GMT
Albatross says:
Glad you liked the review anyway! I thought it was a great film, but then maybe I'm biased, as I'm a single father and found numerous similarities between Tim Roth's character and his on-screen daughter's. :)
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