At the Movies – Black Mass

2015 At the movies November 2015 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the November 2015 Edition

Starring: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton

Director: Scott Cooper

“The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.”

I’m not sure I’d have selected this movie for viewing if it had not been for the media promotions screening Johnny Depp in character. Known for his ‘morphing’ abilities he certainly delivers on the Bulger persona. In my opinion Bulger is a true psychopath. The story details the corruption and syndicated crime activities of The Winter Hills Gang involving the FBI, crooked cops and a lot of dead people. The development of the characters is certainly convincing as is the dialogue that gives us personal insights into the lives, families and politics of these times.

Dating back to the seventies and eighties, the art direction is believable. The lighting is dark as are the backrooms and streets of Boston. It seems to rain a lot. Basically it’s a dark movie on a very dark subject and very real. If this is your genre, it’s well worth seeing. If you’re on the edge of deciding, you may just want to see Johnny Depp do his ‘morphing’. It’s quite amazing.

IMDB rated this movie as 7.4/10 based on 26,700+ viewers.

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