Broken Horses is a 2015 American mystery thriller film directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and starring Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette, Vincent D'Onofrio, María Valverde, Thomas Jane, and Sean Patrick Flanery. It was released on April 10, 2015. The film is a remake of the 1989 Hindi film Parinda, also directed by Chopra.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Vidhu Vinod Chopra|
|Produced by||Vidhu Vinod Chopra|
|Music by||John Debney|
|Edited by||Todd E. Miller|
|Distributed by||Fox Star Studios|
Firmly in the tradition of American Westerns, it follows the lives of the two orphaned brothers. The older one, Buddy, sees his father being shot. Vulnerable and described as “slow”, Buddy gets co-opted by gangster Julius Hench (Vincent D’Onofrio) and turns into his key assassin. While Buddy grows up in a lawless environment, younger brother Jakey is a violinist auditioning for the New York Philharmonic and on the verge of marrying his Portuguese girlfriend. But first Jakey must return to his dusty home town near the U.S.–Mexican border to receive his wedding present from his older brother. Returning to that one-horse town opens up unhealed wounds and forces Jakey and Buddy to confront some ugly truths.
Hench will not let Buddy quit the job. He will do anything to keep his most efficient, easily manipulated killing machine on his rolls, including bumping off Jakey. When Jakey realizes what Buddy is up against, he orchestrates a rather poorly designed plan to help them both escape from Hench.
- Vincent D'Onofrio as Julius Hench
- Anton Yelchin as Jacob Heckum
- Nicholas Neve as Jacob (during adolescence)
- Chris Marquette as Buddy Heckum
- Henry Shotwell as Buddy (during adolescence)
- María Valverde as Vittoria
- Thomas Jane as Gabriel Heckum
- Sean Patrick Flanery as Ignacio
- Wes Chatham as Ace
- Greg Serano as Miguel Santion
- Sadie Alexandru as Santion's Wife
- Jeremy Luke as Franco
- Juan Riedinger as Eric
- Jordi Caballero as Mario Vargos Garza
The film received negative reception from the critics. Writing for Variety, Ben Kenigsberg gave a mixed review and said, "This overwrought tale of two orphaned brothers and their violent hometown reunion fails to convince on several crucial levels, including plotting and dialogue. Despite name cast members and ace work from a Clint Eastwood regular d.p. [director of photography] Tom Stern, the audience for this curio exists mainly in the Twilight Zone, which is where the movie often seems to be set."
The film has been declared as a box office disaster, making a meagre 35k.
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