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Black Mass

The film tells the true story of an infamous American convicted murderer and former organised crime figure James "Whitey" Bulger, who becomes the godfather of an Irish mob. John Connolly is Bulger`s long-time friend who grew up together with him, and now he is a major figure in the FBI`s Boston office. To take down an Italian Mafia family, Bulger works with Connolly and becomes an FBI informant, but things get out of control when murders, drugs and racketeering indictments get involved in the process which leads to Bulger becoming one of FBI`s most wanted criminals in their Ten Most Wanted List.

Language: English
Subtitle: Chinese
Classification: M18
Release Date: 17 Sep 2015
Genre: Action / Drama / Crime
Running Time: 1 Hour 58 Minutes
Distributor: WARNER BROS
Cast: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Peter Sarsgaard, Dakota Johnson
Director: Scott Cooper
Format: 2D

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Writer: Cinnamon Lion

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Watch this if you liked: “What Doesn’t Kill You”, “Snitch”, “Bugsy”

The Good, the Bad and the "Whitey" Bulger:

• Johnny Depp started out the year poorly with a box office bomb but it seems that the actor has redeemed himself with his portrayal of Irish mobster, and FBI informant, James "Whitey" Bulger in this autobiographical drama.

• Unfortunately, the movie is only praise-worthy because of Depp's performance but not so much for the story. Scott Cooper seems to have a knack for choosing the right actors but not the right story to tell under his direction.

• Audiences looking for something different may be disappointed that the movie is just another gangster film cliche. The story does not delve deep into Bulger's character, only presenting him in montages showing off his mobster skills. The story could've gone further but it gets cut off too soon, giving off too little to satisfy audiences' interest in the main character, which is supposed to be the movie's highlight.

Trivia:

• While almost everyone applauds Depp's acting in the movie, Bulger's lawyer is not one of them. He calls it pure fantasy and says it was all wrong in portraying his client.

• This could be because Depp never met Bulger in real life as the latter refused his every attempt to do so prior to filming the movie.


Cinema Online, 22 September 2015
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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