Black Mass tells the true story of Whitey Bulger a infamous criminal of south Boston. Whitey Bulger partners with the FBI to take down some other groups of gangsters that he also wants out of the picture for protection from the FBI. Sounds like a win win for Whitey. Well part of the deal was that he could not kill anybody and that he could not be dealing drugs. Well being a psycho like Whitey is this didn’t last long as he pretty much killed and did what ever other crime he wanted to. This must have been worth it to the FBI or at least some of the members as they where being promoted and getting raises for getting the best intel they ever had. Eventually Whitey starts to burn out as all his crew gets caught and decides to rat on him for a lesser sentence.
This movie started off great looking like a real gangster film comparable to the Departed one of my favorite films of all time. It even had a Matt Damon look alike in it, (Jesse Plemons) who even plays a similar character in this film as he did in the Departed. Although as the film goes on you definitely get the since that this is not going to be near as good as the Departed.
Jonny Depp plays an outstanding criminal as he is just a real bad man. You can see how psychotic he is by how many people he kills and the ways he does it, killing his crew and basically just any body who happens to strike the smallest of nerves in this man. He’s smart, he’s evil, and he’s powerful as he controls the FBI and everybody around him.
Probably the best part of this movie was all the violence and killings other than that there wasn’t really much left to offer. The end of the movie dwindles down explaining the fate of Whitely Bulger and his crew members as well as some of the FBI agents who get involved in cover up his tracks.
You should watch this movie if you’re really into Jonny Depp or have a thing for biographies. If I would have truly known what this movie was worth before I had watched it I probably wouldn’t have gave it the time. If your looking for a Boston gangster movie with FBI agents trying to take them down I would stick to The Departed. Black Mass gets a Five out of Ten.