• Black Mass (2015)

Black Mass

Release Date: September 18th, 2015

DVD Release Date: February 15th, 2016

R |2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary

While his brother Bill (Benedict Cumberbatch) remains a powerful leader in the Massachusetts Senate, Irish hoodlum James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) continues to pursue a life of crime in 1970s Boston. Approached by FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), the lawman convinces Whitey to help the agency fight the Italian mob. As their unholy alliance spirals out of control, Bulger increases his power and evades capture to become one of the most dangerous gangsters in U.S. history.

Cast: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane

Director: Scott Cooper

Genres: Biography , Crime drama

Production Co: Head Gear Films, Free State Pictures, Warner Bros., Le Grisbi, Cross Creek Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment

Distributors: Warner Bros.

Keywords: Intense, Office, Police officer, Pursuit, Car, Bar, Brash, Brother, 1970s, Escape

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Lee MarshallScreen International

    Johnny Depp’s broodingly psychotic turn as convicted Boston crime lord James ‘Whitey’ Bulger is not the only tasty thing about Scott Cooper’s tale of the unholy alliance between a South Boston Irish mobster and the FBI. show more

  • 88
    Alonso DuraldeTheWrap

    This is Depp’s show all the way, featuring his best dramatic performance since another organized-crime movie, 1997’s “Donnie Brasco.” show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Depp's instinct for observing, underlaying and keeping things in, then letting it all out when required, pays big dividends here in a performance far more convincing than his previous big gangster role, John Dillinger in Michael Mann's Public Enemies; it's unexpected, very welcome at this point in his career, and one of his best. show more

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)