REEL DEAL: Black Mass REVIEW

Gangster life in America actually span a long time and has gained hold of specific districts in major cities. And Boston was one of them, we have seen movies about gangsters who are set in the 1920s to 40s. But Black Mass is a new perspective of gangster movie with Jonny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch leading the star studded film.

Black Mass is a biopic of the James "Whitey" Buldger who was known to ruled over South Boston under the Winter Hill Gang. The operations of the gang unexpectedly got a deal with the FBI to be a formidable asset. Though it would be beneficial on both parties, the fact that there is an illegal or criminal activity going on makes the alliance very complicated.

There is also the involvement of his brother played by Benedict Cumberbatch, who was a public servant by that time. Whitey also has a band of people who are either simple people to highly skilled killers which are forced to live with each other. It is really awkward and scary. This gave me the intensity of danger of the characters, no one is safe, and no one is innocent.

Black Mass stars Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, and Dakota Johnson.

Black Mass is showing in cinemas nationwide October 21.

Deliberation time kids! 

Show summary in 3 lines: Modern American Gangsters

Technical Effects: 4 out of 5 stars (Production design for 70s and 80s is very detailed)

Plot: 4 out of 5 stars (The complex story line maybe confusing at some point but it does make sense eventually)

Acting and Actors: 4 out of 5 stars  (Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, and Johnny Depp are the best performances) 

Pros: The period production design, dialogue, violence

Cons:
Scenes sometimes are too long, some scenes are quite boring

Music and Soundtracks:  4 out for 5 stars (They stick with good theme music, no contrasting music)

Overall: Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars (It is really dark, but with quick light moments. Understanding history has never been this violent yet entertaining at the same time)






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