With “Black Mass,” Warner Bros. continues its tradition of their classic gangster movies from the ‘30s and ‘40s by depicting the rise and fall of real-life South Boston crime lord James ‘Whitey’ Bulger and gives Johnny Depp one of his best performances.
Beginning in 1975, “Black Mass” traces the events of Whitey’s rise to power and eventual fall through the 20-year alliance with childhood friend and fellow ‘Southie,’ FBI agent John Connelly (Joel Edgerton). Returning to Boston, Connelly wants to make a name for himself and rise through the ranks of the FBI by stamping out the Italian mafia influence of the Angiulo family in the North End. He reaches out to Whitey’s brother, Billy (Benedict Cumberbatch) to meet with Whitey and get the secret street information that will bring down the Angiulo family. Billy, now a Senator, can’t be involved with his criminal brother but cryptically says if Connelly’s looking for Whitey, Whitey will find him. Continue reading