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Black Mass Movie Review

Black Mass Movie Review English
Review for the film " Black Mass"
Runtime: 2 Hours 04 Minutes
Certificate: A
Released: 18-09-2015
Genre: Drama, Crime
3 / 5.0

Johnny Depp comes with a stellar performance after a string of commercial and critical disasters. Sinister prevails all throughout the movie, thanks to Johnny Depp.

This film is a gangster movie revolving around the real life happenings in 70s and 80s. Whitey Bulger is the central character of the movie and he is the most notorious criminal in Boston. Bulger dominated the Boston underworld for a long time. The swift dart of Bulger’s ice blue eyes is enough to alarm you.


Bulger is acquainted with John Connolly, who is an FBI agent, since his days in Boston. Connolly convinces Bulger in taking up the role of FBI informant as a favor for bringing the downfall of an Italian Mob. What happens next? Watch the film to find out.

The film is deeply gripping for the complex association of Bulger with Connolly. The portrayal of Johnny Depp is powerful and full of sinister. Johnny Depp has virtually lived the character of the infamous gangster of Boston. This can very well be considered as an excellent performance of Johnny Depp in his entire career. There is a unique premeditated composure in Bulger’s moves and this is well enacted by Johnny Depp. You find it difficult to make out whether it is really Depp when he makes his first appearance. Joel Edgerton, as the FBI agent, has given a top notch performance.

This is definitely Scott Cooper’s best movie, dealing with crime. Having been adapted from the book Black Mass, the story was considered by various directors and finally fell into the talented hands of Scott Cooper. The film is a loyal depiction of its times. Kudos to Stefania Cella (production designer) and Kasia Walicka Maimone (costume designer). Masanobu Takayanagi’s cinematography has that required sophistication. The movie is given the required distressed chilly temperament through the orchestral score of Tom Holkenborg.

Makeup department manager Joel Harlow and his group deserve special mention for transforming Depp into the role of a ferocious Boston gangster. The performances of Kevin Bacon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson and Peter Sarsgaard are ok.The director takes efforts then and there to give a humane touch to Bulger, including the parts of his bond with his mother and with another lady. The scene involving the dialogue “If nobody sees it then it doesn’t happen” is worth mentioning.

On the flip side, the emotional bond between the brothers is not delivered deeply, the director has just attended to it briefly.