Movie Review -- 'Black Mass' Shows Depp at His Best
Posted by Robert Grafsgaard on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 12:00 AM By Robert Grafsgaard / September 20, 2015 Comment
In the early 1970s, Connelly recruits Bulger to be an FBI informant in order that they might mutually benefit from the obliteration of Boston’s troublesome Cosa Nostra, headed by Gennaro Angiulo, which stifles Bulger’s criminal aspirations and create a serious problem for federal law enforcement. While the dramatic plot points may rely on testimony for lack of objective history, and play out as an archetypical progression of the rise and fall of the forbidden relationship between the corrupted and the corruptible, the overall effective pacing between character building dialogue and often violent action carry Black Mass through some predictable plot progression. Both Depp and Edgerton each portray their own respective embodiment of reprehensibility with enough depth to convince that, while their terrible crimes committed, whether as perpetrator or accomplice, may not be pitiable or understandable or even sane, they do not ring as hollow actions due to the well portrayed motivations of believable characters. While perhaps not living up to the highest peaks of its ambition, Black Mass still stands out as an overall good film that contains some great performances. I highly recommend it to any fans of dramatic history or crime drama.