Black Mass

Black Mass

DVD - 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.

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JakeoftheSith
Apr 11, 2017

I was so mad when I finally got this movie after waiting for months for it only to have it not work due to some jerk carving a swastika into the disc!
Sad. I hope this move is good.

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redtayres
Jan 23, 2017

Black Mass told a true tale, one with which I was only vaguely familiar, and it left me desirous to learn more about the tale it told (and the man, Whitey Bulger).

When I was working towards my Masters degree a professor quoted some statistic indicating how prevalent psychopaths and sociopaths are in our society. This is a slice of the story of one such person and his interaction with law enforcement agencies with whom he worked (clandestinely) as an informer.

The story is of interest, the movie is well executed, the acting on point. An interesting movie; not a must-see.

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firefly5
Jan 21, 2017

Too much F in this movie. Did not watch.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 07, 2017

Ever heard of James “Whitey” Bulger? He was on the FBI’s most wanted list for 12 years until being arrested in Santa Monica. This movie is based on this former boss of the Winter Hill Gang. This movie has a very old feel, and rightly so, as it is based on a true story. James Bulger was played by Johnny Depp. The story follows Bulger, his senator brother and one of his friends in the FBI, collectively attempting to fight against the Italian Mafia. However, things eventually go wrong and their plans fail. The movie does not have too much action from what I remember, although it is fairly engaging with its story. 3/5
- @JuiceboxZ of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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JOSEPH SARDO
Dec 02, 2016

I give this movie four stars not for being a good movie in the typical way, but because by the end I felt moved. I felt they told the story well and though I'm no criminal it related to me in an important way

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Earlgrey454
Jul 29, 2016

Having lived in Boston myself during a number of the years when Whitey Bulger was terrorizing parts of the city, and also having followed much of the story told over the years since by his ex-partners in crime, I was naturally interested in what this film would do with the grim saga.
To me the film was like a "greatest hits" (no pun intended!) version of the story, rather than an attempt to get inside the mind and character of Bulger. In that way I felt like the film was lacking something basic, as well-acted and filmed as it all was. So while I enjoyed the picture for the most part, I felt like it really wasn't adding anything I didn't already know.

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LittleNoName
Jun 10, 2016

Storyline : 2.5 stars
Acting, make-up & clothing : 5 stars

I was expecting to be bored & have to try watching it several times, to my suprise I stayed awake & followed the thin storyline all the way.

Depp's transformation was incredible & from the bonus interview (highly recommend watching before, approx 12 minutes & won't spoil anything) I understood why the storyline lacked. Unfortunately, it seems Bulger's life wasn't spectacular outside the fact he was on the FBIs most wanted list for 12years.

Overall I would recommend (not highly but give it a try) this movie

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baplacek
Jun 01, 2016

Downright boring, plodding film. Some decent performances, but even Cumberbatch couldn't get his accent right nor could he save this film.

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hammer59
May 28, 2016

Don't believe the hype. Doesn't glorify this evil scumbag lowlife, but it does portray the inherent weakness of Government agencies tasked with law enforcement. NOT entertaining as much as it is infuriating that despite the enormous burden taxpayers bear, impoverished criminals are allowed to oppress others and it takes decades for a semblance of justice to occur. PASS on this one.

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SyrusM
May 10, 2016

Great movie, wonderful casting and performance. Johnny Depp's transformation is unbelievable. A must see movie.

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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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