The more things change, the more they stay the same. To wit: In the 1996 film "City Hall," John Cusack played an idealistic New York City deputy mayor who finds out that his boss (played by Al Pacino) isn't the man he thought; in the 2013 film "Broken City," Mark Wahlberg plays an idealistic ex-cop who finds out the New York City mayor (played by Russell Crowe) isn't the man he thought.
What sets "Broken City" apart from "City Hall," despite nearly 17 years? The use of Kanye West's "Power," Catherine Zeta-Jones in full Lady MacBeth mode and Wahlberg's burning intensity. "You're going to walk away," Wahlberg says with the gusto of "not you." (Also, that is poor Kyle Chandler in a body bag at 89 seconds; Texas forever, indeed.)
Wahlberg has bounced from genre to genre in recent years, which isn't an accident.
"Yeah, it's all calculated," he told Moviefone last year. "We always usually saddle up to do the complete opposite of the last thing that we did. And then you got to balance when they're going to be released, what quarter they're coming out. So right after 'Contraband' we went and did this Seth MacFarlane movie that's a rough comedy ['Ted'], and now we're doing 'Broken City,' which is a crime thriller and drama. That's a movie that could come out a soon as next year. Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper, Kyle Chandler, I mean we got a stacked deck here."
"Broken City" is out next year. Jan. 18 to be exact. Watch the trailer above or head over to Apple to check it out in HD.
"Numb/Encore" ("Miami Vice")
"We get down, if the play calls for it, bud." Say what you will about Michael Mann's overwrought, ultra-stylized "Miami Vice" ("Drive" before "Drive"?), but its Jay-Z-fueled trailer was just about perfect.
"Heart Of The City" ("American Gangster")
You can't prove that "American Gangster" -- an R-rated, two-and-a-half hour drama -- opened with $43 million solely because Universal used "Heart of the City" in the trailer, but you can't <em>not</em> prove it either. Just sayin'.
"Reminder" ("The Hangover Part II")
As if you needed another <em>reminder</em> (groan) that "The Hangover Part II" was just a pale retread of "The Hangover," the marketing campaign used Jay-Z's "Reminder" to score many of the spots and trailers. At least the song is good.
"99 Problems" ("This Means War")
Nothing says "edgy" conflict like "99 Problems." In addition to this early spot for "This Means War," the song also pops up in "Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" and "Tower Heist."
"Power" ("The Social Network")
Not as tied to "The Social Network" as that <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI9fL5EaZY4" target="_hplink">chorale version of "Creep" that was used to expertly in the first trailers</a>, Kanye West's "Power" had its own affect on the Facebook movie. After all, even nerds look cool when Kanye is blasting. (Also used in "Limitless.")
"Empire State of Mind" ("Sex and the City 2")
The song might be all New York, but the movie was not. "Sex and the City 2" sent Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte to Abu Dhabi. Obviously.
"Don't Let Me Die" ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation")
"In the immortal words of Jay-Z." Yep, see you at the theater this summer!
"Run This Town" ("The Fighter")
An inspirational sports drama that relied on its score and some period appropriate '80s and '90s music, the television spots for "The Fighter" trotted out "Run This Town." The results? Kinda awesome, actually.
"Beware" ("The Dictator")
Even the Borat-y jokes in the trailer for "The Dictator" look better with Jay-Z blaring on the soundtrack. Well played, Paramount marketing team!
"No Church in the Wild" ("Safe House")
For the Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds action flick (out Friday), Universal used the "Watch the Throne" hit "No Church in the Wild." How much money this will add to the coffers remains to be seen, but the guess here is <em>a lot</em>. Remember "American Gangster"?
"Oh My God" ("Gangster Squad")
Gosling + Stone + Hova + this line: "I was just hoping to take you to bed." You're in.
"No Church In the Wild" ("The Great Gatsby")
You crazy for this one, Baz Luhrmann!
"Brooklyn Go Hard" ("42")
Warner Bros. has a thing for using anachronistic Jay-Z music cues in its trailers. "42" follows "Gangster Squad" and "The Great Gatsby" in this studio trend, not that anyone is complaining. This one is all swagger.
"Power" ("Broken City")
No one man should have all that power, especially when that man is Russell Crowe.
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