Black Mass: Playing with Evil

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By Polo Munoz, Managing Editor

We have a morbid fascination with evil. Especially with evil that has a human face. We seek to understand why those folks do what they do and hope that we either can prevent or just be entertained by their actions.

Johnny Depp succeeds in giving us a reality check on the complexity of these specimens among us. The monster depicted in “Black Mass” is not a monster because he is violent, he is a monster because he chooses to be. The film gives us a dramatized glimpse into the life of a man who has a relatively successful family, his brother is a senator, and he still chooses a life of crime. He blames his surroundings and we accept that as viable.

So, how do you make a film where none of the characters are likeable and the protagonist gets more disgusting as the story develops? Well, you create a can’t stop watching the train wreck happening around a character who is conducting the locomotive into the abyss and his passengers can’t or refuse to get off it.

If you are intrigued by violent psychopathic characters and their effect on people around them, go see it.

 

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