Broken Horses (2015)
Release date: 10-04-2015
Producer: VIDHU VINOD CHOPRA
Directed by: VIDHU VINOD CHOPRA
Synopsis: Broken Horses is about the relationship between two brothers - a concert-level violinist and a hired mercenary - and is set against the drug war in the turbulent American-Mexican border. About how wrong choices can destroy lives and everything one loves.
- PK (user review)
Broken Horses – Bollywood gallops Hollywood but only canters. Broken Horses produced & directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra is a complete Hollywood cinema with the complete bollywood essence. Vidhu Vinod Chopra recreates the Parinda essence in Broken Horses. However former was more entertaining than the later. Broken Horses is a story of two brothers caught under the influence of bad man with their dialogues/lines coming from Abhijat Joshi’s writing giving it a complete desi touch. Yet what keeps you hooked here is the sheer execution and cinematography. Casting would have been a little better with better dialogues/lines given to them; these horses would have galloped than just canter. Chris Marquette & Anton Yelchin are the brothers playing Buddy & Jakey respectively. Their story driven by the gangster Vincent D'Onofrio playing Julius Hench. The bond of brothers is indivisible. Jakey post the death of his father returns to his hometown almost after a decade to find out his elder brother buddy is now working for a notorious drug gang and has become almost a slave to Julius Hench. Jakey is introduced to buddy’s best buddy Eric who later chases Jakey only to kill him but the situation turns around and Jakey ends up killing Eric. From here you are engaged till the end only for the disappointing climax. Jakey now wants to get his brother out of this city and set him up with the family and his lady love vittoria but Jakey finds it difficult to break them up. He sabotages a plan to terminate their equation but things don’t happen as per the plan. The drama keeps you hooked to see what happens when buddy unfolds Jakey killed Eric and he is being told by Hench to terminate his younger brother. But boom you know it’s a bollywood writer making it pretty predictable of the output and a simply executed climax bringing an end to the galloping of reels. Julius Hench does what nana patekar did in Parinda witnessing the fire. Being a desi you would love to see Nana doing the same thing again than Vincent D'Onofrio. Not sure how badly people in the west would await a movie from the Ace Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra; people here would definitely love to see his next one here. Broken Horses not so broken for you to take a one- time ride. PK Verdict: Silver 2.5*s