By Don Simpson | April 8, 2015
Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Writers: Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Abhijat Joshi
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette, Vincent D’Onofrio, Sean Patrick Flannery, Thomas Jane, Maria Valverde
Written and directed by famed Bollywood director Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Broken Horses refuses to base itself on any sort of foundation of reality. Buddy (Chris Marquette) and Jakey (Anton Yelchin) are two orphaned brothers who are inexplicably turned against each other by Julius (Vincent D’Onofrio), a local criminal. For whatever reason, Jakey has stayed far away from home for the last eight years, but he opted to return to the small town of his birth for his marriage to Vittoria (Maria Valverde). Buddy — who is presumably “slow-witted” — has fulfilled his childhood promise to Jakey, and built him a ranch.
In this context, Broken Horses provides no legitimate reason for Buddy to turn against Jakey, other than his allegiance to Julius. Even Buddy seems confused as to why he would want to kill Jakey… Adapted from Chopra’s Parinda (1989) — which was not such a bad film — Broken Horses provides a very shaky premise for an otherwise visually enticing film.