An intriguing story with a major cast including Cumberbatch, Dakota, Edgerton and Bacon should indicate the potential behind this, but can Johnny Depp rescue his quickly deteriorating reputation, or will he drag another story down with him into the mire?
Based on a true story, Black Mass follows James ‘Whitey’ Bulger (Depp), the godfather of the Irish Mob in Boston who teams up with the FBI’s John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) – a friend from his childhood – in an attempt to take down Boston’s Italian mafia. However, their plan spirals out of control and puts Bulger in the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.
This seems like a very strong, very dark story – something that (you would think) Depp has the potential to excel at. What drew me to this though was the awesome cast list! Almost every type of actor is covered – big names such as Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch, up-and-coming stars like 50 Shades star Dakota Johnson, stars of yester-year like Kevin Bacon, and even one of my favourite comedy actors, Adam Scott (A.C.O.D) takes a genre switch! It would surprise me if all of these respected actors took up this film, not one hundred percent sure it was solid. I don’t know the story, and have no idea whether it’s well known by Americans or not, but chances are it’s going to be good on that part!
Black Mass is directed by Scott Cooper. He’s a relatively inexperienced director – this his third film – but he received a lot of praise for his first attempt, Crazy Heart (starring Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal), and his previous film Out of the Furnace (Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson) was also solid.
I think out of all of Johnny Depp’s recent films, this is the one most likely to save his reputation. It’s going to be dark, gritty, and with the quality behind him it could be a great film. The trailer above, while unconventional in the sense it doesn’t truly explain the story, does show promise of a good performance by Johnny Depp! Set for release in the States on 18th September (25th in UK), the success or failure of this film in the box office will come down to how it is sold to the public. I don’t necessarily think too many people will be interested in a film like this (in the UK especially), so don’t expect this to pull up too many trees in terms of BO revenue – this might end up being one more for the critics than the public!
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