ENTERTAINMENT: “Black Mass” Tells True Story Of Organized Crime

(Photo courtesy blackmassthemovie.com)

(Photo courtesy blackmassthemovie.com)

By Arielle Eighmy & Nia Cordero – Staff Reporters

“Black Mass” takes place in South Boston during the 1970s and 1980s. This movie stars Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, and Joel Edgerton. Depp, who plays James Whitey Bulger, is the leader of an Irish mob called “Winter Hill”. In the movie Bulger finds himself in dark waters and comes across an opportunity to form an alliance with the FBI and former childhood friend, John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) to take down a mutual enemy, the Italian mob, known as the Angiulo family. Forming this alliance grants Bulger and the rest of the Winter Hill gang immunity from the government.

Depp portrays Bulger, a real-life organized crime lord in Boston and does a phenomenal job. Bulger is a controlling, manipulative man with a reputation of being violent without hesitation, Striking fear through the streets of Boston. Depp’s realistic fits of anger make the viewer feel as if they are also in fear of Bulger. Depp is known for his good acting and directing. He also stars in films such as “Pirates of the “Caribbean” and “Alice in Wonderland”.

Connolly plays Edgerton, an FBI agent who decides to join forces with Bulger and his gang. Connolly and Bulger formed a strong relationship at a young age growing up close by. With a bond already formed, Connolly reaches out to his long time friend, Bulger, looking to help him. Edgerton does a great job in playing this role. He is comical, sincere and edgy. His character adds comic relief to this intense film.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the part of William Bulger, the brother of Whitey Bulger. In the movie, Will is a leader in the Massachusetts Senate, and is oblivious to his brother’s alliance and crime. Bill adds an innocent feel to the movie and shows the diversity between two brothers going down separate paths.

Dakota Johnson, who plays Whitey’s long time girlfriend and mother of his son,  Lindsey, also stars in the movie “Fifty Shades Of Gray.”  In “Black Mass,” Dakota portrays a sweet and caring mother and girlfriend, the complete opposite of Bulger, but both shared an equal love for their son Douglas, who becomes very ill. This brought out another side to Bulger and adds more sympathy to the film, showing that even the bad guys have feelings.

This movie had many highlights, it leaves viewers in suspense and wanting to know what is going to happen next. The foreshadowing in the movie keeps viewers guessing, and on the edge of their seat. It is full of laughs, tears and action which draws viewers in. The actors and actresses all play their roles perfectly and bring the film together with their emotions.

There are also some weak points to the film, however. The movie is based off of a true story and could have portrayed more of the events that happened in real life. Also, the Italian mob was the focus of Whitey and the FBI’s plan but were not shown or made as important as they should have been.

“Black Mass” is a movie for those who like action, suspense, twists, and turns. This movie would also be good for people who are interested in real-life crime stories. It is a dark and intense film, with a real storyline of events to follow. Towards the end of the film, actual pictures of the men in the Winter Hill gang are showed and gives the viewers an insight on how the men acted towards each other. Overall, “Black Mass” is interesting and has all the components to keep a viewer on the edge of their seat.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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