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An FBI undercover agent infilitrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life at the expense of his regular one.
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…
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…
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…
Donnie Brasco is a highly underrated gem from the late 90s. It completely surprised me just how compelling this was on first viewing and having seen it twice now I can safely say that this is one of the best gangster flicks out there. It may not be Goodfellas or The Godfather, both of which have set the bar way too high for the genre, but Donnie Brasco stands completely on its own and is a respectably well-made, if a little too conventional, entry.
The movie is mostly driven by the very strong cast and as such features great performances all around. People are quick to call Al Pacino the man of the movie, but although he is brilliant I…
Crime films are the best!
mafia films have always been a secret pleasure of mine and I've always had this fondness over Al Pacino. Donnie Brasco was around 2 and a half hrs long but it didn't bore. underneath the violence, greed and madness, people are complicated and within the confines of the infamous mafia, there exist, somehow, "true" camaraderie. Donnie Brasco, amidst its romanticization, showed this very well along opposite sides of being labeled more than just the good side and the bad side. this film is probably on my top 5.
I really hope that "based on a true story" covers the moment where Al Pacino yells "open sesame" at a parking meter he's trying to open with a sledge hammer.
This often overlooked gangster drama is a powerful story about an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates the mob. As time moves on needless to say, the mob begins to infiltrate him and thus it impacts not only his professional world but his family too. Johnny Depp and Al Pacino share an incredible chemistry on screen. A latter day gem for Pacino; for Depp this serves as a reminder of what a good actor he can be.
There's nothing particularly great about this film, especially when compared to all the other amazing gangster movies out there. But I have a soft spot for it, due mainly to the performances. Pacino is great, and I think this is one of Depp's best, despite it being one of his non-quirky roles. I'm also a sucker for undercover cop movies with their intense "is he going to be found out?" scenes, and Donnie Brasco has some of the best.
Oh boy did I thought I would hate this film! Thankfully I was pleasantly surprised by one very good performance and another pretty good one. Johnny Depp is great in this, maybe one of the best films I've seen him in. Al Pacino is pretty good and he really sells the ending. All in all its a very well made bio pic with two actors with genuine chemistry.
An underrated performance by Depp in an overall underrated film. The script is amazing, I LOVE the dialogue in this film. The pacing and some other directorial elements could have used some improvement, but I would be lying if I said I did not really like it.
Actual Rating: 7.9/10
This right here is the kinda film that reminds you of how much you love wiseguy films. But sadly, also how much the mythology of the Mafia doesn't match up with the (relative) reality. Like the Western cowboy or the English gentleman-spy, the truth of these guys are working class criminals who sit in bars most days and break up parking meters.
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