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Broken Horses (2015)



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Having left town as a child after the death of his father, young music prodigy, JACOB HECKUM, returns to his desolate hometown after years only to discover that BUDDY, the child-like elder brother he left behind, now works for a notorious drug gang. The gang's ruthless boss has twisted Buddy's simple mind and manipulated him into a killer...asurrogate son who blindly does as he is told. Jacob is unable to convince Buddy to leave his new fraternity. Drowned in guilt for having abandoned him, Jacob realizes the only way to save Buddy is from the inside out. Set in the shadows of the turbulent American-Mexican border Broken Horses is a gritty, epic thriller about bonds of brotherhood, laws of loyalty and the futility of violence.(C) Vinod Chopra Films

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Anton Yelchin
as Jacob Heckum
Thomas Jane
as Gabriel Heckum
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Julius Hench
Chris Marquette
as Buddy Heckum
Jordi Caballero
as Mario Vargos Garza
Christian Elizondo
as Son of an Assassin
Chad Bishop
as Henchman #1
Sadie Alexandru
as Santion's Wife
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Critic Reviews for Broken Horses

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (12)

The performances are mediocre, with D'Onofrio coming across as comically theatrical. Yelchin as Jakey is comatose.

August 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Inside some bad movies, there's a good one, fighting to get out. Inside Broken Horses there's just another bad movie.

April 10, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

[A] weirdly baroque modern-day Western that, while it boasts undeniably imaginative visual and plot flourishes, is far too absurd to take seriously.

April 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Mr. Yelchin's character looks somewhat at a loss about what goes on here, and who can blame him, especially when he visits the former music teacher who has lost his legs in a run-in with the bad guys and now lives in a house warmed by a flaming barrel.

April 9, 2015 | Full Review…

While Chopra attempts to crack the American market with a slice of cinematic apple pie, he holds up a mirror to how Hollywood's tried-and-true narrative of vigilantism connotes who we are, at home and overseas.

April 9, 2015 | Full Review…

There are secrets and revelations in "Broken Horses," none of them revealing.

April 9, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Broken Horses


Virtually every character is dialled up to near-cartoonish levels. Anton Yelchin's Jacob in the lead role, is conversely so under the radar that he's barely noticeable. The only character in an even remotely realistic middle ground is Maria Valverde's Vittoria, who show up for five minutes at the start and a further ten at the end. The story goes almost completely unexplored, and the trailer gives away entirely to much (that's not an exaggeration, after getting the context of a single scene about a third of the way through, literally the entire rest of the film was spoiled for anyone who has watched the trailer). But there's a lot to like too. Some cinematography is brilliant, there's a few callbacks I thoroughly enjoyed, a couple of moments reminiscent of (the far superior) Red Hill, and no matter what you put him in, and no matter how over the top his character is written, you can't go past how great Vincent D'Onofrio is.

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