Saturday, April 18, 2015

Chicago Overcoat (2009)

Director: Brian Caunter

Writers: John Bosher, Brian Caunter, Andrew Dowd, Josh Staman

Composer: Greg Nicolett

Starring:  Frank Vincent, Kathrine Narducci, Mike Starr, Stacy Keach, Armand Assante, Danny Goldring, tim Gamble, Martin Shannon, Barret walz

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The glory days are back

Plot: The fates of an aging hitman and a washed up detective become entwined when one last job leads to one last chance to settle an old score.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Lou's (Vincent) existence in the Mob is a lot lonelier than you see in other pictures.  It doesn't help that he's out-lived most of his friends (age will do that).  The story does have a lot of the organized crime cliches but then it's got to be tough to avoid all of them since we've been seeing these kinds of pictures, and there have been a lot of them, for more than forty years now.  What it does right is give some fine performances from nearly all of the cast.  There are some line deliveries that don't quite make it (maybe shooting time was limited) but by and large this is a great cast.  It's nice to see Vincent in a leading role after so many outstanding smaller roles in classic films like GOODFELLAS (1990) and CASINO (1995).  The MVP for acting in this picture though without question goes to Danny Goldring, the cop who's after Lou.  Great fucking job.  And the ending?  Loved it AND it took me by surprise.  I dig it when a picture does that.  While it might not make most people's top 20 Mafia pictures list, it's definitely worth a look for fans of the genre.

...Now go home and get your fucking shine box!

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