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Motherless Brooklyn
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Motherless Brooklyn - Movie Synopsis & Plot

Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, “Motherless Brooklyn” follows Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.

MOVIE REVIEW

Of all the passion projects Ed Norton could have fixated on, why choose Motherless Brooklyn, a moderately entertaining yet ultimately tedious noir that unfortunately relies on an extremely uninteresting mystery? Norton writes, directs and stars in the film, in which the most memorable element is Norton’s Tourette Syndrome-inflicted protagonist.
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