Black Mass (2015) An Intrically Woven Tale of Good and Bad

Black Mass (2015) movie review, johnny depp

When Black Mass came on Sundance Network, my curiosity was piqued when they mentioned Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch as part of the cast in their teaser snippet, I powered up the DVR and recorded it.

I'm glad I did.

And if I thought it was a big name led cast with Depp and Cumberbatch, whoa, was I surprised when more big names started showing up such as Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, David Harbour, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll and others.

The film was directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace, Hosties).

"Based on a true story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish Mob godfather and a FBI informant who had a "secret trading" deal with his brother, William "Billy" Bulger, a state senator and a Boston public figure, and John Connolly, an FBI agent. They planned to take down theft Italian mob and mafia in Boston, which went awry and things turned massively violent. When the credence for each other began fading out, drug dealing, murders, and extortion started to rise, and forced the FBI's Boston office to confirm that Whitey Bulger was one of the most notorious criminals in US history and also one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List criminals."


First off, I spent the ENTIRE movie trying to recognize Johnny Depp, who plays James Bulger. Depp plays the older man rather well and it was not distracting to see or know this.

The rest of the cast played sublime parts in this film with so many parts and pieces.

Of course in the end, the bad guys always...   hmm...  I'll let you figure that out on your own.

If you like the organized crime genre of films, I think you'll truly enjoy this film!

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