Working with a general summation of art, no artist really revisits their creation. Yes they might hark back to a few individual themes, but no one really gets down to recreating a piece of art, as it was. Especially not when its a classic. Da Vinci never sat down to paint another Sistine Chapel. Rabindranath Tagore did not recompile the Gitanjali. Even the great Yash Chopra never really got down to refilming one of his classics. It boils down to impulse and lack of design playing an important serendipitous role in creating great art.But when you do attempt to be over ambitious and recreate a <more>
Hindi film in Hollywood, chances are you'll end up with a novice creation. That's how you could describe the journey of Parinda to Broken Horses. Lost in translation would be an understatement. The original story of Parinda, two brothers in the edgy midst of the underworld, trying to break free from a mercurial Mafia king pin, is intact in its Western retelling. Mumbai's underbelly has been replaced with the barren border terrain of the US-Mexico border. The characters are all white. The emotions are all scattered. The story is in shambles. Sixteen years ago, in a film industry obsessed with curry westerns and Oxford Street fashion, Parinda was a game changer. Broken Horses is just a shoddy revisit of that memorable film. Worst part is, it's left out all the good parts of the original. The manic intensity of Nana Patekar's Anna is replaced by some textbook hamming by Vincent D'Onofrio. The sacrificing big brother character of Jackie Shroff is replaced by the theatrical and clichéd simple boy played by Chris Marquette. The ahead-of-its- time love making scene has been conspicuously left out.The vengeful drama in the climax has been convoluted into an uninspired piece of writing. Even the supporting character of Iqbal, the younger brother's confidant is reduced to a razzie material stereotype. Something's amiss in Vidhu Vinod Chopra's execution. This is the same filmmaker who made Parinda and Khamoshi. Yet, his vision on Broken Horses exhibits an uncharacteristic novice nature. Surprisingly the amateur efforts, aren't just limited to the story telling. Barring some excellent cinematography, the production as well as costume work is very lacklustre. The visuals look good, but everything else in the making of this motion picture doesn't seem to well thought out. The ranch, where all the drama unfolds looks like an amusement park for God's sake. The performances are all sub standard barring the efforts of Anton Yelchin. He lends some credibility to this movie. Films are just another form of art. They benefit from the inspirations and enthusiasm of their creator. Like any other form of art, they can suffer if the vision is skewered or contrived. In his ambitious Hollywood foray, Vidhu Vinod Chopra wanted to prove that Indian filmmakers are better than just song and dance junkies. That we can match Hollywood's game in their playing field. And therein lies the biggest flaw. Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery. But end of the day, flattery is also described as pleasing self- deception.
The acting was fabulous - very well done - well shot - we were surprised and impressed. The way the story was set up was shocking and yet made sense - mental deficiency is a cloudy and mysterious thing to observe in real life and very hard to act it was well - so Christopher Marquette did a great job - and evil men - as deeply evil as Vincent Donofrio's character was is also very hard to play - so the casting of those two roles as well as the brother, Jake and his fiancé was what held my interest - and I felt the cinematography was excellent. It is never clear whether it is the <more>
direction, acting or shooting that makes for a compelling story and usually it has to be all three - so, it got me. Having been in the business for many decades and knowing how hard all that is to get right, I was impressed. Hope they got their money back on it and have good memories...It was a very different journey for me as a viewer of many adventure and thriller films.
This is the best brothers love story I seen - (by asilocreo)
I think this movie is great, it has been a long time since I have seen such beautiful brotherly love. I love their treatment to each other, even so at times I thought it was sad. The landscape is breathtaking. I lived in cities all my life and never been inland but this scenery made me want to plan to road trip the country. I love cowboys movies and this one is a different kind of western with a development of characters and a story line that grabbed me from the first line and didn't let me go until the last. And the horse was so beautiful I wanted to hug and kiss too. And so it is that I <more>
like this movie so much I am writing about it. And this is the first time I do so, not so much to recommend it but to process it for I wish there was a discussion going on to ask about the things I did not understand. Thanks.- Asilocreo
An Insipiration for Indian Filmmakers and Audiences (by parthadhargupta)
After the first 15 mins of the Movie I was really glued to my seat. Though the story line is the 'Baap' of all Hindi Movie plots but the way the thing was shown on the Silver Screen really demands some kudos from the audience. Mr Vidhu Vinod Chopra has done a excellent work in presenting the old wine in a new bottle packed with superb flavors which has aged into perfection and is a feast for the eyes. Hats off to the Screenplay and Direction skills which has enriched the movie from all angles. Some may say that it was too melodramatic and I also agree to it at some point but at the <more>
same time my other half tells me that as this is a Commercial movie so some things need to change in order to get a good Box Office review. I would recommend this movie to all Indian Audiences in India and Abroad including our veteran Film Makers, Actors and Producers too, to take this as an Inspiration and conquer Hollywood. We shall never forget the fact that till now Bollywood is the Largest Film Industry in the Universe and we need to show the World that too through Hollywood. Lastly Hats off to Mr Chopra for giving us a masterpiece in the form of Broken Horses. Keep it Up Sir !!!
*Some spoilers*Why all the low ratings? Was I one of the very few who thought this movie great? To start off, I DID get hacked off when Thomas Jane died so quickly! But, it was the emphasis for the show. A really good movie about the bond between a semi- mentally-challenged older brother, and his normal, very gifted younger brother. I DID, also, think that, even tho the older brother Marquette was "slow", he jumped right into the work with D'Onofrio a little too easily ... especially with his dead dad having been a cop/sheriff. Meanwhile, Yelchin's character has focused <more>
solely on learning the violin, and the story really gets going when, after 8 years, Yelchin's "Jakey" comes back home for a visit and finds out that big bubba "Budds" has become a prolific hit-man for D'Onofrio's gang of n'er-do-wells. Jakey borrows Budds car to go see an old friend, and on the way back, D'Onofrio has put a hit on li'l Jakey which fails , and so Jake decides to become part of the gang, to try and tear it down from the inside, and, also, save his big bubba. Needless to say, there are several twists and almost "gotcha's", before the ending, which, I thought, brought everything pretty much together for the right conclusion. Don't expect "blockbuster", just good, old-fashioned entertainment ... and you won't be disappointed!
Brilliant touch of Bollywood to Hollywood! (by xtremruleslokesh)
I had always felt bad about not been able to see Munna Bhai M.B.B.S in theater at the time it came out because it was the movie I have loved forever. Well I never missed another Vidhu Vinod Chopra's movie. He is unbelievably talented in his own way of character driven films. He shows emotions in a way that has never been seen before but felt by everyone. May be that is the reason, his films are so good.Honestly I was little worried about the fact that Indian Cinema has its own way and "Broken Horses" might not be able to get to the taste of international audience but boy I was <more>
wrong. Not only did he make a wonderful movie for all but he has been successful in bringing two different cultures closer.Broken Horses is a story of two brother, living away from each other for long time. Its time for younger brother to get married but wait "Buddy" has a gift for him. The writing is just brilliant. No loop-holes in the script. No dip in the screenplay. Characters are fully developed.Specially "Buddy". Chris Marquette is absolutely mesmerizing in this movie. He plays a character who is still like a child and needs to take care of but in the wrong hands, he has become killer.Vincent D'Onofrio plays the manipulating villain that uses Buddy to do his dirty work. Anton Yelchin has played character of younger brother of Buddy. He hasn't been around to take care of his brother which he promised to his dad.Vidhu Vinod Chopra's movies do make you feel that untouched corner of your heart which you might have forgotten. This movie was successful in doing that once again. He owns this movie and I strongly recommend all to see this. I bet you will all go Banana, after watching this.
Don't listen to the haters because it's a good movie (by deloudelouvain)
What actual makes me laugh when I read the reviews on IMDb is that most of the time movies with mediocre reviews are to me the best ones and movies with outstanding reviews I find them almost unwatchable. I don't know if it's me or if it is just the posh people that like movies from Lars Von Trier and David Lynch that review the most movies but I question myself if I have bad taste or what? I thought Broken Horses was a really good movie, with enough suspense to keep you interested during the whole movie. Unlike boring movies from Von Trier and Lynch where the story sucks big time and <more>
you kind of wish the movie ends as soon as possible. With this one I didn't get bored a second. Chris Marquette plays the mildly retarded brother brilliantly. I couldn't fail any of the actors actually. They were all good. The filming is also good and the story is also good. Everything about this movie is just good. Why it only gets such a low score on here is a mystery to me.
This will appeal to the emotionally inclined (by sohompramanick)
Vidhu Vinod Chopra's English Film Broken Horses is a different, yet emotionally packed take on the American Wild West, set somewhere near the Mexican border.With heavy doses of bromance, the tale delves on the bond between two orphaned brothers. It explores their sensitive and caring nature towards each other.Narrated in a linear fashion, it is the story of Buddy Heckum, a sensitively hooked slow learner, his musically inclined younger brother Jacob Heckum, who is also known as Jackey, and a conniving gangster Julius Hench, who in order to safeguard his own interests tries to separate the <more>
two brothers. This forms the crux of the tale.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 with, "There are lots of bad people out there, somebody got to stop them Miguel Stanton killed your dad and you cannot let him get away. You kill him."Buddy takes revenge. This "job" was his initiation into the crime world. And in order to protect Jackey from his world of crime, the ever caring older brother packs 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 return home to have a look at the surprise wedding gift he has in store for them. The gift was "a promise he had made".Jackey obliges. It is then, when he is in his hometown, that Jackey learns about Julius' sinister plan and the film garners momentum.Broken Horses is Christopher G. Marquette's turf. He engages you as Buddy and gets you hooked. He alternates between a simpleton and a pigheaded revenge-seeking mercenary hit-man with equal ease and grace.Anton Yelchin as his younger brother is sincere. The fear and concern for his brother is palpable on screen.Of the rest of the cast, Sean Patrick Flanery as Jackey's music teacher, with his amputated legs is a bit dramatic and unconvincing. Maria Valverde as Vittoria, the only woman in the male bastion to have some credible screen moments, is functional.There are some subtle emotional moments between Buddy and her which are touching. Vincent D'Onofirio as the sweet talking, pyrophobic villain is not at all menacing.With not enough weightage given to the sub-plots, the overall piling of the plot seems superficial and shallow, especially the passage when Jackey goes to interview Mario Garza, the rival gangster. Also, the metaphor used in that scene is trite and oft seen in gangster films.Though this is an original story by Vinod Vidhu Chopra, Broken Horses finds its genesis in numerous older films, which includes Chopra's earlier film Parinda. But what makes it stand apart is its treatment.The intelligently written screenplay and dialogues, especially the summation of the title of the film, by Chopra and Abhijat Joshi, more than make up for the deficit in the design scheme.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.