Movie Review: Broken Horses – A Predictable Film That Disappoints

broken horses-01Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Broken Horses is a typical formula film about two brothers, whose life takes a turn when their father, a border town sheriff, Gabriel Heckum (Thomas Jane) gets assassinated.

The film starts with Jacob Heckum (Anton Yelchin) returning from New York, after trying to make it as a classical violinist to his dusty southwestern town, where his bother Buddy Heckum (Chris Marquette) and he grew up in as orphans after their father was murdered.

Jacob is heartbroken when he gets to know that, a local drug kingpin, Julius Hench (Vincent D’Onofrio) has total control over his brother Buddy, who works for him as his hit man.

Built around a distasteful portrayal of Buddy’s mental disability, Broken Horses deals with a drug gang mafia on the Mexican border.

In all of this Jacob has fallen in love with Vittoria (Maria Valverde) and wants to marry her. One has some scenes sprinkled across the film, that to me, look juvenile and forced.

Considering the technical team that has been involved, it’s  hard to digest the fact that the special effects in this one look fake. Do not believe me, then see the climax as it lets you down totally.

Vincent D’Onofrio, modelled after Nana Patekar, is as ruthless and convinced of his own brand of justice, and is afraid of fire as he had lost his wife and son in one.

While Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Parinda was a pathbreaking film in the year 1989 in Bollywood, his first Hollywood venture, which is a copy of the same film, will go totally unnoticed as it’s just all over the place.

Broken Horses is a film that is stranded in no man’s land, as it’s  neither completely Hollywood nor is it a typical Bollywood film.

It has some heightened melodramatic scenes, which look funny and so out of place.

All in all, Broken Horses, is a huge disappointment and an opportunity lost!!

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