Black Mass

Black Mass

Blu-ray Disc - 2016
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In 1970s South Boston, FBI agent John Connolly persuades Irish mobster Jimmy Bulger to collaborate with the FBI in order to eliminate their common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement while consolidating his power and becoming one of the most ruthless and dangerous gangsters in Boston history.
"Black Mass is a tightly wound piece of work, and Cooper keeps its many small parts moving with ease."--Village Voice
"It's a very good film about a very bad man."--Entertainment Weekly
"Depp shines in a solid gangster biopic."--Hollywood Reporter
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Bros., 2016
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: FIC Black
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray Disc (ca. 122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Ontario Film Review Board - 14A rating
OFRB rating: 14A


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Nov 27, 2018

The violence is graphic as is the gutter language, but if you’re looking for another "Godfather" or "Goodfellas" you’re sure to be disappointed for Cooper is not so interested in cops & robbers thrills as he is in tracing one evil man’s descent into moral anarchy, and Johnny Depp proves to be the perfect vehicle. In the lead role an almost unrecognizable Depp slithers and hisses—his eyes as dead as his voice—a true sociopath who fouls everything he touches and whose paranoia and murderous rage increase exponentially with his bank account. Trading in his Aussie accent for a decent South Boston twang, Joel Edgerton’s FBI agent Connolly is a study in conflict torn between his oath to uphold the law and the blood ties he formed as a child. Rounding out the cast is Benedict Cumberbatch as Bulger’s younger brother whose position as a prominent Massachusetts senator adds a political twist and David Harbour as a fellow FBI agent who sees Bulger in a different light. Highly polished yet still maintaining a gritty aura of corruption throughout, Cooper films a blood-soaked strangulation as nonchalantly as he does a Miami Beach picnic while images of impotent Catholicism—an empty church ablaze with candlelight, a draped casket—underscore the very soullessness of his protagonist. Commendable performances from Kevin Bacon and Adam Scott on the good team and Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Plemons, and Rory Cochrane on the bad.

Nov 04, 2018

He’s finally dead.

Sep 03, 2018

Great movie, worth watching....Johnny Depp is amazing in this film.

Aug 16, 2018

Watched this, by accident, on a flight. It was time well-spent - I did not know the plane had landed!

Apr 14, 2018

Wonderful movie, and Johnny Depp did a fine job. I have not liked him in several movies but this time he was great. Interesting to learn a bit about history and the Rico act was a new law that the feds were using against the mafia.

Mar 16, 2018

I did not even recognize Johnny Depp in this movie! He plays Whitey Bulger, the South Boston (Southie) gangster leader of the Winter Hill gang, who was on the FBI’s most wanted list for years. This film is about his relationship with an FBI undercover agent who recruited him as an informant. Whitey’s brother was a state (Mass.) politician and knew of Whitey’s activities. I recently borrowed The Departed directed by Martin Scorsese which is also about Whitey Bulger but has Leonardo DiCaprio playing an undercover cop with Southie connections who infiltrates Whitey’s mob. Watch both films if the subject interests you, you will still be left feeling was anyone not corrupt in South Boston at the time? Whitey was on the lam for a long time – did his criminal past finally catch up with him? Watch both films if you have the time.

Feb 12, 2018

I thought it would be better with all the stars in the movie! It was a good movie but nothing great!

Feb 08, 2018

This is truly a gripping drama about a Boston gangster in an alliance with an old friend who is in the FBI. It is a gruesome tale of brutality and corruption. Interesting story which is well written and acted.

Jan 09, 2018

I wonder when Johnny Depp will play a character without getting into any type of make-up? The story is alright because it is based on a real life character. I did twitch a few times when he really was evil incarnate. And that makes me give it a better rating than normal

Nov 17, 2017

Wow! Based upon a book written about true life crime of the 1970's South Boston gangsters, with Johnny Depp playing the Irish leader, James "Whitey" Bulger. I could not tell it was Johnny Depp, even knowing that it was him playing the part!
This film was a well acted and directed hard hitting gangster film with feeling, not unlike the 1972 masterful film of, The Godfather or the 1990, The Goodfellas.
The eleven minute Special Feature looks at how Johnny Depp became James Bulger, using silicone prosthetics, eye contacts and talking to the people that new the real Whitey Bulger.

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Jun 09, 2018

It was an alliance; nothing more.

Jun 09, 2018

You always have a choice.

Jun 09, 2018

If no body see's it, it didn't happen.

Jun 09, 2018

It's an alliance.

Jun 09, 2018

We all need friends.

Jun 09, 2018

Jimmy's business is Jimmy's business.

Jun 09, 2018

I ain't no Rat.


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EuSei Feb 03, 2016

You can go through the entire movie without being told (his brother Billy) Bulger is a democratic senator... I'm sure the same thing would happen if the senator was a Republican!

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