BLACK MASS ~ Rated R

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From Actor, Writer and Director Scott Cooper ~ the man who brought us CRAZY HEART and OUT OF THE FURNACE, comes the real-life story of Boston’s Irish Mafia Boss James “Whitey” Bulger and his rise to power with the aid of FBI ~ yep you heard that right…as we head into the BLACK MASS…

Back from a stint in the pen ~ Boston mobster, accused killer and all-ground great guy “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) is in the midst of a turf war with his competition on the streets of his home town.

Little brother Billy (Benedict Cumberbatch), has a higher calling in mind, as he is running for State Senate, and trying desperately to stay out of the family business…

When old friend and FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) comes a calling, neither Billy nor Whitey are welcoming him with open arms…

Determined to bring Whitey on as an informant to take out the Italian Mob that has a grip on “their town”, Connolly convinces his Superior, Charles McGuire (Kevin Bacon), that having Whitey working for them, is just what their agency needs for intel from the inside…

Things start to go awry very quickly, as even though there are “RULES” that Bulger is to follow while on informant status, it seems that old ways die hard for the mass murder turned snitch…

Caught between enforcing the law, and hiding all of Bulger’s “missteps” and ”mistakes”, Connelly finds himself way to deep in the middle of Bulger’s mess to ever get out….

I give BLACK MASS a rating of: MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!! Depp is flawless playing BULGER, even with his balding head and thick Boston accent. And I must admit going in, I was afraid that this film might just be filed with the SAME OL’ JOHNNY, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how awesome he was in this role ~ no Capt. Jack here!!! Cumberbatch is also superb as Bulger’s younger brother, playing the “good guy” of the Bulger clan…or is he??? And Connelly was excellent too, playing the FBI agent who has apparently forgot the oath he took, oh, and the difference between right and wrong. And, this next statement was as much of a surprise for me to say, as you are going to be hearing it, but Dakota Johnson was also stupendous playing Bulger’s Baby mama – she is out acting her mother and father combined in this small, but poignant role!! BLACK MASS is so intense, so fast paced, so GOODFELLAS feeling that my inner MOBSTER MOVIE LOVING psyche was screaming yes, yes, yes ~ this is what I have been waiting all Summer for ~ Mobsters, crooked FBI agents, and it’s all a Real-life story…now how much better can it get…seriously!!!

Kathy Kaiser