R | 122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Review - Matt Mungle
**Award season review**
Synopsis: 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.
Review: This film is gritty, violent, and depressing. South Boston seems to have this cloud of anger and immorality that hangs over it; at least as portrayed by Hollywood. The people there are struggling to get through the day while a few citizens rule the streets. BLACK MASS takes an intriguing look at the dance that took place over several years between the criminals, the FBI, and the Government officials. Often the social lines were so blurred you weren't sure who fit where. It is corruption and business at its height and a startling look at what some humans will do to make a buck.
Best Actor Johnny Depp - He is downright creepy as Jimmy "Whitey" Bulger and delivers a character that nightmares are made of. The fact that he went from Willy Wonka, to the Mad Hatter to this is astonishing. Depp taps into the character and gives us a Ray Liotta grimace and stare that evokes chills.
Supporting Actor Joel Edgerton - Edgerton plays FBI agent John Connelly. A guy with one foot in the bureau and one still on the streets of South Boston. His loyalty to Bulger is ambiguous and his methods questionable.
The story, though fact based, lacked any sort of redemption or layers. It just shone a light on some nasty people and you can't wait for it to turn off so you can look away.
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