STARRING – Johnny Depp,
Director – Scott Cooper
Cert – 15
Black Mass is a con. I don’t mean in the criminal sense although that is exactly what the film is about.
What I mean is the film has the veneer of quality but scratch beneath that shiny coat and you’ll find a hollow film that took an interesting true story and turned it into a rather dull piece.
Depp looks almost unrecognisable as Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger
whose shady deals with the authorities to bring down his rivals spirals out of control.
Kevin Bacon, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch make up some of the supporting cast and they’re good, as is Depp, incredibly creepy at times but it’s the story and structure that let’s the film down.
It’s all style over substance and a disappointment to be honest. You’d be better off watching Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger
the documentary about one of America’s most dangerous criminals which is currently available on Netflix.
A Shared Madness