Does the thriller “The Black Mass”, which speaks of criminal gangs and starred Johnny Depp, embodies this true world?
George Anastasia, a journalist with a legendary reputation for covering crime incidents and once personally targeted by a gang, tells us the truth about this film. Although it is certain that he will compare Black Mass with films such as The Godfather or Good Friends, Johnny Depp’s new film can be a stand-alone category. Specializes in films that discuss the world of crime.
It is a dramatic work characterized by a focus on a central character evil, dominated by the atmosphere of depression and evil. Although there is a lot of talk about loyalty and honor, as in “The Father” and “Good Friends”, the “Black Mass” does not include these things at all. And treason.
Although this does not make him better than these two films that will be compared, which are classic works that contradict the crime world, it is covered with a more realistic character of them, where the director Scott Cooper, to be the film as close as possible to what is mentioned in the book inspired by the work.
The book features three titles: “The Black Liturgy: Witty Bulger, FBI and Deal of the Devil”, with two journalists working for the Boston Globe, “Dick L” and “Gerard O’Neill”, and considered to be the best at several levels What was written about the life of James Witty Bolger, which is more than ten.
The Life of Bolger
These works spoke of Bolger’s life as a member of a gang in Boston, who used his job as an FBI informant to escape murder, and he continued the drug trade, arms smuggling, extortion, and high interest-rate loans.
As a journalist who has covered the activities of organized criminal gangs in Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey for more than 30 years, I have followed from a distance the story of Bolger’s story, which continues on the stage of life.
What I have learned over the years, and what the film presents to its viewers to the fullest, is that there are no principles such as honor or allegiance in the world of gangs and crime. Instead, greed and treachery prevail. Bolger was a professional manipulator and psychologist with a personal appeal. Johnny Depp played a masterly role in the film, where Depp was able to portray the image of criminal elements in the late 20th century.
More than that, the FBI was an ally of “Bulger” in his crimes with all his will and acceptance. The FBI gave protection to Bolger from other security agencies that were investigating and investigating him, because the FBI relied on the information he obtained from this man, and his most important aide, Steven Fleme, A man of Venice, for use in the prosecution of members of a gang called the “New England Mafia”, as well as the ability to obtain judicial rulings against its elements, which led to the elimination of the latter.
The contrast is that the gang that was headed by Mr. Bolger, the so-called “Winter Hill Gang,” which belongs to a neighborhood in Boston, was willing and eager to fill the vacuum resulting from the prosecutions and trials of other gang members.
The dark side
The film was very accurate in clarifying the relationship between Bollinger and the ambitious FBI agent John Connolly. Connolly, who grew up in the South Boston neighborhood, where Mr. Bolger, who is mostly Irish-American working class, is also terrified of the man he is expected to control and employ.
But he quickly became the charm and charm of the character of the Bollinger, to drink wine with him, and share the dinner table for more than once, and exchange gifts, all of the details of the elegant has always been one of the parts of the taste that Bolger best.
Although the “Black Liturgy” did not refer to the FBI’s innocence, he merely referred to the central disaster that Roe O’Neill sought to explain to the readers of the book, that the “Bulge catastrophe” is only part of a systematic obstacle to it The US Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Nevertheless, what ultimately succeeded in the film was to send a simple fact that appeared to me several times during the coverage of the organized crime world, or that there was no good for the most part. The issue for FBI agents and federal prosecutors is nothing more than a game of triumph over the importance of justice and justice.