Scott Cooper’s Black Mass is a big over-the-top gangster film from a true story about one of South Boston’s biggest wiseguys, James “Whitey” Bulger, played by Johnny Depp. Depp’s portrayal about the sociopathic gangster is frightening and definitely one of his best in years.
The film starts off building tension, as it plays out in a typical gangster film with long monologues, brutal violence, and there is not one moment where it ever lets up. Black Mass doesn’t break any new ground but it is definitely a memorable addition to the genre gangster films. Depp is fantastic as Bulgur and is unrecognizable in the excellent makeup. There is something in Bulger’s (Depp’s) the eyes that will leave a lasting impression with you.