Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Black Mass

Much like David O Russell's American Hustle this is a film that resembles a Scorsese film, but without as much of the Russell/Scorsese film touches. It would play well as a double bill with The Departed, Johnny Depp's Whitey Bulger at times resembles Jack Nicholson's Frank Costello, and the irsh mob aspects easily bring up parallels. He lives by a code of honor however his temper gets the best of his quite often and he takes out folks without a second thought and will screw over his peers like they are nothing, he is a mob boss that is not afraid to get his hands dirty. The whole entire cast is great, especially Joel Edgerton, plus it was great to see Adam Scott in a different genre than we are used to. Some bit parts like Peter Sarsgaard serve their purpose, others like Juno Temple make you wonder if the casting was done as bait & switch to make you think they would have a bigger part before they meet their fate. It is a great crime film and Scott Cooper keeps getting better & better, Crazy Heart was solid but an actors film, Into the Furnace was also an actors film but he improved his technique, this is obviously an actors film aswell but he has upped his game greatly.

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