Black Mass

Black Mass

Blu-ray Disc - 2016
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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 Whitey to evade law enforcement while consolidating his power and becoming one of the most ruthless and dangerous gangsters in Boston history.


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Mar 16, 2018

I did not even recognize Johnny Depp in this movie! He plays Whitey Bulger, the South Boston (Southie) gangster leader of the Winter Hill gang, who was on the FBI’s most wanted list for years. This film is about his relationship with an FBI undercover agent who recruited him as an informant. Whitey’s brother was a state (Mass.) politician and knew of Whitey’s activities. I recently borrowed The Departed directed by Martin Scorsese which is also about Whitey Bulger but has Leonardo DiCaprio playing an undercover cop with Southie connections who infiltrates Whitey’s mob. Watch both films if the subject interests you, you will still be left feeling was anyone not corrupt in South Boston at the time? Whitey was on the lam for a long time – did his criminal past finally catch up with him? Watch both films if you have the time.

Feb 12, 2018

I thought it would be better with all the stars in the movie! It was a good movie but nothing great!

Feb 08, 2018

This is truly a gripping drama about a Boston gangster in an alliance with an old friend who is in the FBI. It is a gruesome tale of brutality and corruption. Interesting story which is well written and acted.

Jan 09, 2018

I wonder when Johnny Depp will play a character without getting into any type of make-up? The story is alright because it is based on a real life character. I did twitch a few times when he really was evil incarnate. And that makes me give it a better rating than normal

Nov 17, 2017

Wow! Based upon a book written about true life crime of the 1970's South Boston gangsters, with Johnny Depp playing the Irish leader, James "Whitey" Bulger. I could not tell it was Johnny Depp, even knowing that it was him playing the part!
This film was a well acted and directed hard hitting gangster film with feeling, not unlike the 1972 masterful film of, The Godfather or the 1990, The Goodfellas.
The eleven minute Special Feature looks at how Johnny Depp became James Bulger, using silicone prosthetics, eye contacts and talking to the people that new the real Whitey Bulger.

Nov 09, 2017

Should have won an acedamy award for best actor. Wonderful. Riveting. It help to google some of characters, as the storey is a real life enactment of a complicated criminal name Whitey Bulgar. Much praise.

Apr 11, 2017

I was so mad when I finally got this movie after waiting for months for it only to have it not work due to some jerk carving a swastika into the disc!
Sad. I hope this move is good.

Jan 23, 2017

Black Mass told a true tale, one with which I was only vaguely familiar, and it left me desirous to learn more about the tale it told (and the man, Whitey Bulger).

When I was working towards my Masters degree a professor quoted some statistic indicating how prevalent psychopaths and sociopaths are in our society. This is a slice of the story of one such person and his interaction with law enforcement agencies with whom he worked (clandestinely) as an informer.

The story is of interest, the movie is well executed, the acting on point. An interesting movie; not a must-see.

Jan 21, 2017

Too much F in this movie. Did not watch.

Jan 07, 2017

Ever heard of James “Whitey” Bulger? He was on the FBI’s most wanted list for 12 years until being arrested in Santa Monica. This movie is based on this former boss of the Winter Hill Gang. This movie has a very old feel, and rightly so, as it is based on a true story. James Bulger was played by Johnny Depp. The story follows Bulger, his senator brother and one of his friends in the FBI, collectively attempting to fight against the Italian Mafia. However, things eventually go wrong and their plans fail. The movie does not have too much action from what I remember, although it is fairly engaging with its story. 3/5
- @JuiceboxZ of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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EuSei Feb 03, 2016

You can go through the entire movie without being told (his brother Billy) Bulger is a democratic senator... I'm sure the same thing would happen if the senator was a Republican!


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