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Film Review: Black Mass

Posted on September 29, 2015 in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews
By USM Free Press

By Aaron Halls

A film based on true events, Black Mass, directed by Scott Cooper, tells the dark and violent story of James “Whitey” Bulger, a dangerous criminal played by Johnny Depp, and John Connolly. an FBI agent played by Joel Edgerton; when the two former childhood friends settle on a deal to take on local Boston Mafia, their alliance brings about changes in their lives they never expected.

One of the highlights of this movie for me was seeing all the incredible performances by the actors and actresses. Johnny Depp, who is known to transform into each of his roles, accomplishes this magnificently as James “Whitey” Bulger; viewers might have a hard time recognizing him with his darkened teeth, slicked back hair, and Boston accent.Through Depp’s performance Bulger could seem cold, ruthless, and ready to burst in an act of violence when dealing with other criminals, but likeable and sincere when dealing with people such as his family.

Equally impressive is Joel Edgerton as John Connolly who also brings a lot of depth to his character. He did a fantastic job showing the complexities working with Bulger had on Connolly’s life. Whether it be performances from Dakota Johnson, Benedict Cumberbatch, or Corey Stoll, all of the actors and actresses expertly handled the material given to them throughout the film.

Since the movie takes place over a long period of time, it uses time jumps to help show this; sometimes the time jumps happened so quickly after a previous scene it made the story a little hard to follow at times.

Black Mass is a great film filled with incredible performances from the whole cast. If you don’t mind dark and violent stories than you should definitely check this movie out.



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