Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

Director: Joe Berlinger

Composer: Wendy Blackstone

Starring: James 'Whitey' Bulger, Stephen Rakes, Tommy Donahue, David Boeri, Steve Davis, Dick Lehr, Shelley Murphy, Patricia Donahue, J.W. Carney Jr., Kevin Cullen

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The FBI thought they had him. It was the other way around.

Plot: From Academy Award-nominated director Joe Berlinger, Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger is a sweeping and revelatory documentary film that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multi-faceted corruption within our nation's law enforcement and legal systems.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Yeah.

If you'd like a frame of reference for who this guy is, Jack Nicholson's character in THE DEPARTED (2006) was loosely based on him.  He ruled the Boston underworld for a lot of years.  I guess you could say he was a man of honor.  He admits to being a murderer, drug dealer, and all 'round bad criminal type but even though he clearly cooperated with the FBI, he denied it to the end.  He was a rat but he had his own spin on it.  It's clear that he was a cheese-lovin', disease-ridden rodent, fleas and all. This film takes us through his life, from his being on the lam for something like 16 years and finally getting caught at the age of 81.  SPOILER ALERT...he'll die in prison.  END OF SPOILERS...YARRRRR!  I love true crime docs and movies so I'll definitely return to this one someday.  It's currently streaming on Netflix.

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