Ah, Johnny Depp. From getting killed in an early Wes Craven (R.I.P. to him) movie to taking on various ridiculous but iconic roles for big-budget films, you have really evolved. Some films of yours I liked, the others I don’t know. Thankfully you’re back to play a role vastly dissimilar to that of your previous projects. Not to sound so negative but that’s just how things have been. Now, after years of shaming himself Warner Bros. is proud to present Black Mass, the supposed comeback film for Johnny Depp in his normal body. The film will be directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) and will star Joel Edgerton (The Gift), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Of Grey) and Kevin Bacon (A Few Good Men).
Set in the 1970s where one of South Boston’s most violent criminals took over and formed a corrupted alliance with the FBI, Black Mass will focus on the life of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger and his pursuit to take down a family of Mafias who attempt to seize his turf by becoming an FBI informant.
Telling an unholy tale of corruption in its’ most pure, Black Mass is looking to be thrilling and delightfully violent with its’ depiction of unjust power. Most notably because we’ll get to see an impeccable portrayal from the man with many faces, Johnny Depp. With a talented cast on board and an impressive story to tell, it looks like it’ll be one of my favorites this year whether it’ll be good or just great. The reviews for it are generally positive, but it doesn’t mean that it’ll get a chance at the Oscars from what I heard. Despite all of that hearsay I’m a sucker for gangster movies and no matter what, I won’t miss the chance to see this. Just by looking at Depp’s intimidating visage I can tell that this will be a wicked flick centered on an infamous gangster, and that Depp’s performance will be terrific. One can only hope that it won’t disappoint since his last gangster film “Public Enemies” was slightly underwhelming.
Basing the film off the novel Black Mass: The Irish Mob, The FBI and a Devil’s Deal, interest for a film adaptation was garnered ever since 2000. The rights for the novel have been sold to Miramax when it was still under the hands of Harvey Weinstein, but the idea of turning it into a film has never been thought of. The project was scrapped multiple times by different writers but it wasn’t until January of 2014 when Scott Cooper expressed interest in taking the helm and was later attached to write and direct the film. On February 27, 2014 Warner Bros. agreed to pick up the worldwide distribution rights and has set an October 2015 release.
Black Mass opens October 21, 2015 through Warner Bros. Pictures Philippines and is rated R-16 by the MTRCB.