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Donnie Brasco. Based on a True Story.
An FBI undercover agent infilitrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life at the expense of his regular one.
Once upon a time Johnny Depp wasn't crazy and Al Pacino was still relevant. This was a crime drama in its purest form without ridiculous set pieces that we see today. Now this one was about tension and I loved it.
Depp is at his best here and I can't believe I'm only watching this now. The chemistry between him and Pacino seems genuine and natural. Its always great to see Michael Madsen in the mix as his calm and intimidating self. I liked the direction even if it wasn't very memorable, but it wasn't distracting either.
Depp plays an undercover cop and we're introduced into his world where all the pressure is on him. He has to think fast…
Based on a true story of an undercover FBI agent tasked with taking down a mob family from the inside. The subject matter and themes to be found in 'Donnie Brasco' are clearly not particularly original. It is also probably fair to say that this type of story has been delivered more effectively by more accomplished directors. Mike Newell's direction here is slick and polished but I never quite felt like he made his stamp on the film like say a Scorsese or Ford Coppola might have. Some great acting and a solid script however carried the film home with ease and made 'Donnie Brasco' a highly entertaining crime drama.
One major positive here is that we get to see…
It lacks the vibrant punch of the greatest mob movies ever, and trends into cliche territory at times particularly with Depp's character's family conflicts, but thanks to a wonderful script, a gripping storyline, assured direction and two fantastic performances from Al Pacino & Johnny Depp (certainly one of his most subtle and best roles to date), "Donnie Brasco" is still one expectational mob film. I was completely drawn into the characters, and the back and forth between Depp & Pacino as well as the dialogue is certainly what drives this film. The incredibly underrated Michael Madsen turns in a terrific turn as well.
Definitely another one to seek out, if you need to be reminded that Depp can act.
This movie was recommended to me by the rapper "Nas."
The mafia was made for movies. I think I've loved every mafia movie I've ever seen. However, this wasn't your typical mafia movie. It didn't have the glamour of "Goodfellas" & it didn't feel as formal as "The Godfather." But it forged its own path & that's what made it extra special for me.
"Donnie Brasco" tells the real life story of an FBI agent under the assumed name of Donnie Brasco & his time spent in the New York mafia.
"Donnie Brasco" as my friend astutely pointed out, is like the blue-collar mafia movie. Instead of spending time showing the fashion & party life of the mafia, it shows the business side. It…
I greatly enjoyed every minute of Donnie Brasco. It's a very entertaining crime film that I found to be fully rewarding and occasionally brilliant. It is a film that puts a high value on performance. Al Pacino caught me off guard with his oddly sympathetic portrayal of Lefty, an oddly unimpressive gangster. Pacino surprised me with this performance because I have never seen him play a character as oblivious as Lefty was. He was a guy who sat around in his pajamas watching Animal Planet, constantly cooking up half baked schemes, and never having a nickel to show for the lifestyle he'd so loyally kill for. Lefty was dim and unintelligent. He was also a murderer and a con. Yet…
While it's a little long and may not be the best gangster film out there, "Donnie Brasco" is still a rock solid film thanks to the great direction from Mike Newell, an engaging story, and fantastic performances from Johnny Depp and Al Pacino.
Memorable scenes: "Fugazi" dialogue. Cut from Pacino walking out the door to gunshots at the end of the film.
Full Rating: 76/100
This guy also made Four Weddings and a Funeral and a Harry Potter movie. It is kinda surprising that the one involving Hugh Grant is clearly his best work.
Top notch in all areas, but it leaves you wanting more. Maybe that's a good thing though. Depp needs to do more serious roles like this, he's one of the best actors of all time yet underrated. A crazy true story and an outstanding gangster film.
This is probably a better movie than I'm it giving credit for, but ultimately I was just too bored at times.
I quite like mafia films. Donnie Brasco doesn't quite rise up to be among the best crime dramas, but it doesn't come far behind. More than the usual mafia stuff, Donnie Brasco deals with human relationships. Namely, the undercover FBI agent's (played by Johnny Depp) relations with his real life family and with his mafia pals he becomes close with during his assignment. Chemistry between Depp and Al Pacino is strong, and that makes Donnie Brasco quite an excellent film.
En bra skildring av livet som infiltratör inom maffian och konsekvenser av det. Al Pacino klippt och skuren för sin roll, hands down.
Gangster and mafia movies are one of my three favourite genres across all mediums, right up there at the top with westerns and space opera science fiction, so It was a no brainer that I was going to get around to watching Donnie Brasco at some point, which stars Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. Al Pacino plays Lefty, an experienced but low-key gangster, who takes Depp's Donnie Brasco under his wing and introduces him to the mob and how it works. There's just one problem - Donnie is an FBI Agent, not a jeweller, and he's on a mission to take down Lefty and the criminal underworld that he's a part of. However, as Donnie becomes more and more involved,…
DONNIE BRASCO never really got going for me in any particular direction. It was a bit silly without being particularly funny, a bit violent if only because mob movies are generally violent, a bit morally conscious but only in spurts. The efforts to show the consequences to Donnie's family were nice, and the dark ending carried a lot of weight for me. But most of what occurred felt forgettable, with solid but uninspiring performances and stale, seemingly deliberate call-outs to gangster movie conventions ("fuggedaboutit").
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