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In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly persuades Irish mobster Jimmy Bulger to collaborate with the FBI in order to eliminate their common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Bulger to evade law enforcement while escalating his power to become the most feared crime lord in Boston and one of the most dangerous gangsters in U.S. history.
Action Drama - This violent, fact-based crime drama has a large cast full of a
number of familiar faces, but this is mostly a showcase for Johnny
Depp (in a much darker role than much of his recent work) and Joel
Edgerton. As such, fans of co-stars such as Benedict Cumberbatch may
be disappointed by their much smaller roles. Brutal violence,
non-stop profanity, drug use, and general adult themes make this
distinctly not for kids.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; 21 S-words; 6 GD's; many others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Brutal, bloody fights killings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, cocaine. ACTION: Some fighting. COMEDY: Darkly comic lines and situations; kid and old people humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Depp provides a character who transcends the screenplay's weaknesses. He makes Black Mass not merely watchable, but enjoyable. He brings Whitey Bulger to life with force and flair that allow us to forgive the movie's narrative shortcomings.
Roger EbertFull Review Good As sound as its central idea is, the execution of "Black Mass" is flawed. For most of its running time, it seems to be ramping up to greatness, only to turn around and sit down and brood a bit more. It's frustratingly not-quite-there, and half-assed in some ways.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good ...excellent crime drama.... ...Depp astounds with one of the best performances in his long career while co-star Joel Edgerton steps up equally well as John Connolly, an ethically questionable FBI agent who flirts with the wrong side of the law.
NY PostFull Review Good Johnny Depp does his finest acting in years as legendary Boston crime czar Whitey Bulger in "Black Mass,”... While highly entertaining and sometimes inspired, "Black Mass” is more like Scorsese lite.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 102 moviegoers:
TEENS: Two males loved "Black Mass" and one rated it "above average." The fourth male felt it was an "average" movie. The two females felt it was an "above average" movie, which indicates they enjoyed it very much but didn't quite love it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Great reviews from the males and most of the females. A fairly high percentage loved "Black Mass," especially the ladies. However, the ladies had about 30% who rated it just "average," which is a bit low but certainly not a bad review.
ADULTS: The male and female reviews are very similar. A full three-quarters either loved "Black Mass" or indicated that they enjoyed it very much. About 20 to 25 percent of each gender felt it was only an "average" movie. However, it's important to note that this very violent movie received no bad reviews. So, your probability of enjoying it, at least to some degree, is very high.