Black mass film review

UK release date: 25/11/15

Runtime: 122 minutes

Directed by: Scott Cooper

Starring: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, Dakota Johnson

The true story of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, leader of the Irish-American Winter Hill Gang.

I went into this film knowing nothing about Whitey Bulger or his crimes. It’s a well made film that skips across the surface of events.

There are no high action, emotional scenes. You’re informed of the facts rather than experiencing them. There’s a lot of swearing in the film, but, while I usually don’t like that, it fit the tone of the film and wasn’t used for the sake of it.

The acting is brilliant in the film. It’s nice to see Johnny Depp playing a serious role. The get up they’ve put on his face and the eye contacts (?) are really distracting. I found myself paying more attention to that than what was happening.

It’s a good film and I enjoyed it while I watched it, but it isn’t memorable at all. The tension isn’t there and I didn’t feel emotionally connected to it.

To sum up, a good sum up of Whitey Bulger’s history, well made, low action/impact

Was it worth the watch? Yes, but wait for it to come out on TV

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 4/6

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9 thoughts on “Black mass film review

  1. filmfunkel 27/11/2015 / 6:42 pm

    “Enjoyable, but not memorable” is a great way to phrase it. You remember Depp of course, but not much else.

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      • filmfunkel 27/11/2015 / 6:45 pm

        He had to – the guy looked more like a vampire than a gangster.

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      • filmfunkel 27/11/2015 / 7:04 pm

        Wow, I’m sure Lugosi was turning in his grave as I read that. 😀

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      • filmfunkel 27/11/2015 / 7:47 pm

        Yes indeed, very nice. 😀

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  2. Paul S 28/11/2015 / 4:03 pm

    After reading your review I think I might give this one a miss, but it’s nice to hear that Johnny Depp has finally crawled his way out of the Crayon box and into the skin of a real human being.

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    • Combustible reviews 28/11/2015 / 4:09 pm

      He didn’t break character once. I kept waiting for that silly part of him, but nope!

      Bridge of spies is excellent if you’re looking for a film to watch at the cinema currently.

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