For starters, there’s a false accusation of rape and a savage beating, followed by a trip to a mental ward. And that’s literally just the beginning. Broken follows the lives of about a dozen people, focusing mostly on 11-year-old Skunk (Eloise Laurence, who’s delightful), her brother Jed (Bill Milner) and her father Archie (Tim Roth). There’s so much story packed into Broken that its 90-minute running time seems a little short; a couple more minutes of character development for each person would have been great.
Plus, the Oswald family—a quartet of rotten, despicable human beings, who, if there’s any justice, will meet a tragic end after the credits roll—may make your blood boil, but every movie has to have its villains, right? Cillian Murphy is good in a small part, and Roth is at his best as the only level-headed person living in the neighborhood.
With Eloise Laurence, Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy
Directed by Rufus Norris