Star Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette and Maria Valverde
Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Producer:Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Claps For: Cinematography, Anton Yelchin's performance
Slaps For: Length and pace of the movie, story
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Story: Broken Horses is the story of brothers Buddy Heckum (Anton Yelchin), a sensitively hooked slow learner, his musically inclined younger brother Jacob Heckum (Chris Marquette), who is also known as Jackey, and a conniving gangster Julius Hench (Vincent D'Onofrio), who in order to safeguard his own interests tries to separate the two brothers. Fifteen years ago after the death of their father Gabriel Heckum, the Sheriff of this border town, the boys are left to fend for themselves. Julius takes Buddy under his wings and instigates him. Buddy takes revenge. This marks his steps into the big bad crime world. However, Buddy doesn't want Jackey from to get into the world of crime, and hence sends him off to New York to let him pursue his dream of becoming a violinist. Years later, Jackey plans to get married and settle down with Vittoria (Maria Valverde). Buddy insists that Jackey returns home to have a look at the surprise wedding gift he has in store for them. What follows next makes the crux of the movie.
Performance: Anton Yelchin as the elder brother does a good job. Chris Marquette also shines through his performance. However, their bromance lacks heart and appears to be a melodrama. Vincent D'Onofrio as the baddie is apt in his role.
Direction: Vidhu Vinod Chopra won hearts when he made a film like 'Parinda' which is still hailed as his best. Cut 2015 and he debuts as a Hollywood director. Alas, he repeats the script, almost. Broken Horses reminds you of Parinda at every stage.
Combo-on-Offer: Drama + Thrill= A repeat of Parinda
Verdict: We give the film slaps for its repetitive content, similarities to Parinda and slow pace.