Black Mass is a movie that tells the story of James “Whitey” Bulger, one of the most violent criminals in South Boston during the 1970s and 80s and his involvement with the FBI. It delves deep into his actions and criminal activities utilizing a great cast that carries out the task of bringing Bulger and those surrounding him to life on the big screen.
Johnny Depp is great as one would expect, with another trademark physical and mental transformation that turns him into Bulger and embodies his crazy and unstable personality. Nevertheless it was Joel Edgerton who caught my eye with his performance as John Connolly and it might not have been as over the top as Depp’s but it was subtle and it was incredible. One would assume they both have a good chance at an Oscar nod this year.
It really is a great depiction of the story, by the director Scott Cooper, he doesn’t depend on action scenes or suspense to get the attention of the audience, he chooses to rely on “Whitey” as the focal point of the movie and compel the viewer with the ruthlessness and unforgiving nature of the terrifying criminal that Bulger was (Johnny Depp can portray anyone with the charisma he possesses and Cooper takes full advantage of that). Everybody was fearful of him, even his accomplices and that really becomes obvious throughout the film.
An Intriguing and gripping movie with very good performances.