Thursday, February 22, 2007

Donnie Brasco

I saw this ages ago, possibly at the movies, and remember really liking it.

This time round, it really didn't seem anywhere near as good. There's nothing outstandingly bad about it, but lots of it seemed a bit cliched.

The story's still a good one, though - based on reality, Johnny Depp plays an undercover FBI agent. He befriends Al Pacino's mobster, and gradually becomes more and more embroiled in the mafia world and lifestyle.

The best thing about the movie is Pacino's character. He shows us that mobsters aren't as cool as they're often portrayed, in fact, he's really a bit of a loser. He never seems to have any money, his crimes are often petty (breaking open parking meters), and just like lots of other working bozos, he can't get that promotion.

Not a terrible film, but not a great one either, I'm afraid.

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