Black Mass (2015)

R   |    |  Biography, Crime, Drama


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The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.


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7 August 2020 | masonsaul
8
| Great crime drama
Despite it's generic approach to it's story, Black Mass is still a great crime drama that's tense, thrilling and chilling. Johnny Depp gives an incredible lead performance and one of the best performances of his career. Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon and Corey Stoll all give great supporting performances. Scott Cooper's direction is also great, it's well filmed and extremely well paced. The music by Tom Holkenborg and the soundtrack are both good.

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Trivia

The main meaning of the term "black mass" is a ritual in witchcraft or satanism that is an inversion of the Catholic Church's traditional Mass, for the purposes of evil instead of good. Nearly all of the criminals depicted in this movie (including the Irish mobsters, the Italian mafiosi with whom they were feuding, and FBI agent John Connolly, who was abetting Bulger) were Catholics, even though their murderous activities were in direct opposition to the values taught by the Catholic Church. The title is also a play on the color-themed nickname of its main character, and a nod to the corruption endemic to the city and state in which the story is set (since Mass. is an old-style postal abbreviation for Massachusetts).


Quotes

Kevin Weeks: Before we start, I want you to kow something. I'm not a rat. You understand? I want that on record before we start.
DEA Agent Eric Olsen: Okay. You are not a rat. And it's on record. Mr. Weeks, the charges against you, racketeering, extortion, kidnapping, and accomplice ...


Goofs

In the film, Buddy Leonard diffuses a fight between Whitey Bulger and Tommy King at Triple O's. Tommy is subsequently murdered, and Buddy is found dead in the front seat of a car a few scenes later. In real life, Buddy was murdered before the altercation at Triple O's. His death was the real reason Tommy attacked Bulger.


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Genres

Biography | Crime | Drama

Box Office

Budget:

$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,635,037 20 September 2015

Gross USA:

$62,575,678

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,775,678

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