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Broken Horses  Rating: 2.7/5

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Broken Horses Movie Review

Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Gavin RasquinhaSite:Times Of india

Tom Stern’s innovative use of light and shadow for the daytime, interior and night-time scenes add weight to the film, conveying the appropriate moods effectively. Sure, there are a few moments of unnecessarily heightened melodrama and if anything, we would have liked to have seen more consistency when it comes to the grittiness and dark edges. All said and done, the overriding message of Broken Horses is, of course, one of brotherly love and the fact that although circumstances might change, some bonds remain unbroken.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By:Shalini LangerSite:Indianexpress.com

Shot by Clint Eastwood’s favourite cameraperson, and with Goodfellas writer Nicholas Pileggi on board as consultant, Broken Horses also gets its settings right, from its dust-track roads and dust-lined vehicles to its one-horse towns.However, should you keep waiting for all of it to amount to something more, you would be disappointed.The moral of the story for Chopra: If you want to try something new, perhaps go for something new.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Ananya Bhattacharya Site:Indiatoday

In all, Broken Horses comes across as Parinda, with non-Indian actors. But then, while Parinda was a brilliant film, given its context and milieu, this one doesn’t impress as much. Watch it if you’re keen on seeing what the first Hollywood film written,directed and produced by an Indian filmmaker is like. Else, hire a DVD and re-watch Parinda.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Paloma Sharma Site:Rediff.com

Marquette’s performance is what pulls this broken horse along to the finish line, moving one to almost tears in a scene between him and D’Onofrio.D’Onofrio, for all his talent, cannot compete with Nana Patekar’s inimitable Anna Seth.For those who haven’t watched Parinda, Broken Horses could perhaps be a moving, serious watch. But for those who have already been blown away by Chopra’s original, Broken Horses pales in comparison.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Troy Ribeiro Site:NDTV

Tom Stern’s camera work is excellent. He has a flare for wide angled panoramic shots. Some of the shots of the Wild West and Jackey’s Ranch, captured in the twilight zone are worth noticing. So is the underwater shot during the climax.Well mounted with good production and technical values, the film has an inexplicable gentleness to the narration, very characteristic of Vidhu Vinod Chopra. It will appeal to the emotionally inclined.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By:Tanaya Ramyani Site:Bookmyshow.com

Broken Horses is a stellar attempt by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The story is simple, but with the grandeur of Hollywood. If you are into crime thrillers, Broken Horses can be an easy watch this weekend.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Surabhi Redkar Site:Koimoi

Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s lack of clarity in making the film either completely western or Indian-inspired western. Since it is based on his own 1989 Hindi film Parinda, it is difficult to see him struggle with the plot which is edited for western standards and yet fails to achieve the purpose.

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About Broken Horses: 

Broken Horses is an upcoming 2015 Bollywood Musical thriller film, written & directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Release Date: April 10, 2015

Running time: 100 minutes

 Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra

 Screenplay: Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Music composed by: John Debney

 Vincent D’Onofrio as Julius Hench
Chris Marquette as Buddy Heckum
Anton Yelchin as Jacob Heckum
 María Valverde as Vittoria
Thomas Jane as Gabriel Heckum
Sean Patrick Flanery as Ignacio
 Wes Chatham as Ace
Sadie Alexandru as Santion’s Wife
Jeremy Luke as Franco

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  1. Interestingly, all the Indian critics have not liked it much

    ‘Parinda’ takes an ambitious flight, lands safely! [3.5/5]

    Stories bound by love, driven by passion and led by sincerity never fail to connect. Neither did PARINDA, nor does BROKEN HORSES. Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s doorway to Hollywood; BROKEN HORSES is an emotionally charged, confident to the core and a well-made thriller that consciously makes you revisit and relive the filmmaker’s one of the bests in Bollywood PARINDA. So, the million dollar question on you face must be, “Is it a remake?” Let me phrase the answer in a more welcoming and established way. It is an effort to take one’s own highly regarded work to a bigger scale and in a better framework. BROKEN HORSES successfully plants Mr. Chopra in the league of those few technically evolved & resourcefully sound in their art & craftsmanship regardless how different or difficult the medium is.

    Set in the outskirts of Mexican Border, the film involves the heartwarming bond between two orphaned brothers. For them, the wisdom-quotes from their childhood still go hand-in-hand in any given situation. If the big brother is taught to protect the younger one, he would never lose his sight of him for once. Meanwhile, the younger one would always let the big one win at the checkers. Jacob Heckum [Anton Yelchin] returns to bring his elder brother Buddy [Chris Marquette] for his wedding, without having any hint that Buddy is now the most-loved killing machine of Mr. Hench [Vincent D’Onofirio]; and the only way out of this deep, dark & dodgy mountain is to blast it inside out. Jacob decides to stay and help to save his brother.

    If you have seen and loved PARINDA (…and who hasn’t? I seriously want to know), there are times you feel cheated as why wouldn’t Mr. Chopra has made it clear and upfront that this is an adaptation of his one of the original works. But try to calm yourself down, and you will also cherish the fact that this one is less dramatic, more emotional and made for an unlike set of audiences. Vidhu orchestrates some really delicious scenes to show off great caliber. In one, the shootouts are shown with intercuts of oranges being squeezed and later, being served in a glass to the mobster as the confirmation of the job being done. The cinematography plays with mirror-images, iconic landscapes, the sun-shades and is first-rate.

    Film also sees some real-good performances. In Buddy’s simpleton yet childlike vulnerable character, Marquette performs excellently and towers in almost every scene he is in. Be it the emotional family union at dining-table at the ranch or the menacing act at the theatre; he and the contagious grin on his face are just superb. Don’t miss him interacting with the love of his younger brother, Vittoria (Maria Volverede) with an unseen before love and care. Anton Yelchin as the feared and alarmed younger brother is good. So is Maria playing his love-interest! The talented D’Onofirio marks his presence felt with his portrayal of a cool, crafty & convincing villain. Scenes with him corrupting and controlling Buddy’s mind are an interesting watch.

    To sum up, doing anything that involves a classic is a bad bad idea. I know the comparisons are inevitable. The element of surprise in the plot also comes late until the well-tweaked climax happens but if you can overlook the similarities between the two, there are chances to notice the ambitious and striving flight the film & the filmmaker take. Impressive debut, Mr. Chopra! [3.5/5]

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