A Review of Black Mass (2015)

“How come no one has nailed Whitey Bulger? He seems to be involved in every crime in the city, and yet the Bureau keeps saying he’s clean!”

Black Mass touts what some call the return of Johnny Depp, but if so, is it anything more?

Johnny Depp is back on form here in some of his finest acting in recent memory, that’s for sure and a stellar cast and true story are also provided.

Gone are Depp’s quirky acting style he’s known for, as he portrays James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, a viscously cruel gangster. For his performance alone the film is worth watching.

Joel Edgerton provides an almost equally compelling performance as a man whose loyalties are divided. He deservers to have second billing, not Benedict Cumberbatch- who’s fine but gets not much screen time. There are big names in the supporting cast who are hugely talented and it shows.

Bulger’s depiction as a man on the knife-edge of violence at all times is demonstrated and makes the film tense even in action-less scenes. Director Scott Cooper is one to keep an eye on.

Black Mass has appeal from the performances it gives and for it being based on a true story however it fails to reach the impactful levels of a Scorsese flick, to which the film can be easily compared.

As such Black Mass is very entertaining when viewing but not wholly memorable after the fact.

Overall Rating: 7.2/10 

A Review of Black Mass (2015)

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