Synopsis: True story of one of the most notoriously, brutal criminals in Bostonian history: James Whitey Bulger.
Review: The temperature is getting brisk and the days are a tad bit shorter. These signs indicate that the Academy Award season is upon us and what better way to usher in this time of year than with an Oscar worthy performance from Johnny Depp as the vile and visceral James Whitey Bulger. Director Scoot Cooper successfully paints a very drab and seedy South Boston filled with corruption at every corner and not a heavy handed, morality grab in sight. You will begin to sense a feeling of "deja vu" though as other films have highlighted similar tales and settings (The Town , Mystic River, etc). But again, Depp's performance will engulf you to the point that one does not take a great deal of offense to being exposed to such familiar themes and tropes. (B) -CgN
Black Mass will be released, nationwide, on September 18th.