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Movie Review: Black Mass

James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) terrorizes Boston as the most infamous criminal in the U.S. in "Black Mass"

James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) terrorizes Boston as the most infamous criminal in the U.S. in “Black Mass”

Johnny Depp’s career has been quite iffy the past several years. Starring in two of the worst performances of his career (The Lone Ranger, Mortdecai), everyone was worried whether he would redeem himself. Until now.

Leading an extraordinary cast including Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Adam Scott, and Dakota Johnson, Black Mass features one of Depp’s absolute best performances of his career as James “Whitey” Bulger, the most violent criminal of South Boston who works as an informant for the FBI in the 1970s. With barely any hair, a sinister smile, and one vicious attitude, it leads to many unsettling scenes involving his work as a gangster. There are times, however, in which I lost interest and couldn’t care less about what is going on. Not to mention Benedict Cumberbatch’s godawful Boston accent. With that aside, Black Mass is a brutal and semi-engaging character study on one violent criminal.

3/4

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