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