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The Globe: Johnny “Contained and focused” in Black Mass

A movie the city will feel a lot

Ty Burr on September 14 released the review of Black Mass for The Boston Globe defining Johnny scary good as “Whitey” in Black Mass.

The movie Black Mass is based on the book written by former journalists of the Globe Dick Dick Lehr 7 Lehr and Gerard O’Neill Black Mass Black Mass Book Cover Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a devil’s deal.

It will be a problematic movie for the city, because Whitey Bulger was born in Boston and he is a son of Boston and it’s difficult to maintain the indifference and the calm considering who Bulger has been.

Plus the story is not a “cold case” and all the protagonists, apart the innocent ones lost their lives because in the wrong place in the wrong moment, all alive.

The trial against the mobster captured after 16

years on the run, he left Boston in 1995 and was discovered on june 21 2011, ended up with two life sentences and five years of jail.

At the same time there is curiosity for this movie because Bulger is part of Boston.

The movie was filmed in Boston last year and directed by Scott Cooper.

Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth have created a sort of Satan, portrayed with conviction by Johnny Johnny Venice Depp, man of many faces and characters.

Burr adds Johnny Depp is “Contained and focused”.

With great rapidity the departures of the various innocent victims of Bulger, Deborah Hussey, the girl knew too much, Michael Donahue who was giving an innocent passage at Halloran. Both killed. Halloran thought that staying closed to an innocent person would have avoided his death. Whitey killed both of them. Donahue waited for dinner died immediately. The family fell in the most profound desperation for this unexpected departure. There wasn’t any logical sense for the murder of their beloved one, apart the ferocity of heartless men. The moral code of the Winter Hill Gang, not killing innocent people if found close to people of the gang who, for a reason or another had to be killed, broken forever with the Halloran murder.

The movie plenty of violence. Bulger not anymore a person but a devil. The love-story at first inserted in the movie with Catherine Greig with which maybe it would have been possible to see some humanity cut out. Also the “weak” added Burr apparition of Dakota Johnson in the role of Lindsey Cyr and Douglas Cyr, the son Bulger had had from her and dead at just 6 years leaving the mobster in a profound pain, quick and not analyzed in profundity.

Who knows?

Maybe these characters and relationships left at the duo Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Maybe. Surely. Because if another story will be told of Bulger must be put under another perspective, where possible, of course.

According to the critic of the Globe Burr the movie doesn’t tell anything “that we don’t know” and at the Bostonians a special recommendation: “The movie’s good enough that you should see it if you want to. But you don’t have to, and, in these parts, that matters”.

Anna Maria Polidori


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