by Shelbie Condie
Captivatingly dark and simple, and anticipated by gangster flick fanatics, Scott Cooper’s film Black Mass: The Story of Whitey Bulger was finally released last Friday, September 18. This mobster movie is a typical one, and based on the true story of the intricate association of the Boston Irish Mob-- specifically the Winter Hill Gang-- and the FBI during the 1970s and 1980s.
The film uncovers the inquisitive investigation of why Jimmy Bulger, one of the most notorious gangsters in U.S. history, keeps his enemies close (imdb.com). Personally, I didn’t have any expectations of the movie as I’d never heard of the Winter Hill gang. I honestly watched it because, as mentioned above, I am one of those ‘gangster flick fanatics’. I was pleasantly surprised of the film’s execution, as well as candidly shocked to witness the gruesome actions of this South Boston group.
The role of Jimmy “Whitey” Bulger has been dubbed as Johnny Depp’s best performance of his career (variety.com). It is indeed solid. The well-rounded cast also includes Kevin Bacon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, and Joel Edgerton. Overall, it’s a predictable, yet enthralling feature. Also to keep in mind, this film is rated R for language and violence. Go see it at a nearby theatre, or don’t. It’s a choice-- just don’t choose the wrong one.
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