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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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
God Damn Charlatan.
Film 14/30 of Scavenger Hunt #1!
Task #5: "A biopic film!"
Donnie Brasco tells the story of the undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp) who tries under the nickname Donnie Brasco to infiltrate the mafia of New York, while he's befriending the gangster Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino).
The movie is nicely filmed and performed, unfortunately the actual story was for me not interesting enough, it didn't drag me into the mafia world of corruption and violence, but only scratches on the surface of it. I felt something was missing (compared to Johnny Deep's new gangster film Black Mass I think it's pretty weak).
As a biographical film it felt a bit too rushed: it seems I only saw Donnie the character and not Donnie the real person.
Still holds up thanks to Depp and Pacino's performances. But man did this need a Lumet or Scorsese behind the camera. Newell does fine work but too much of this movie feels like we're on the outside looking in; we don't get the full-on autopsy of New York crime and corruption and the souls of men that those two would bring. Oh, and Patrick Doyle's score should've been whacked.
Not the best picture with pacino I think personally, but definitely a good movie about infiltrations in the mob - I don't know why but Johnny Depp never convinced me (he is a good actor i know that), and here in this picture he doesn't seem to fit.
Pacino is as always perfect - and if Pacino wanted Depp in this picture - well then it is ok for me!
The story could have been a little tighter but great performances by both Pacino and Depp.
The score music and sound design are horribly dated, but Al Pachino and Johnny Depp still work great as the older lovable gangster and his conflicted protege.
I also really like the clever ending, but forget about it.
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EIn gut inszenierter Film. Ein guter Blick in die schwierige Welt eines Undercover Cops. Die ganzen Entscheidungen die er treffen muss. Und auch die schwierige, wenn man denkt man gehört zu denen, die man eigentlich betrügt.
Dennoch nicht spannend genug. Mir fehlten einige klare Entscheidungen oder Szenen die zeigen, wie hart es ist. Einiges geht zu schnell vorbei, anderes dauert zu lange. Die richtige Mischung wurde nicht gefunden. Außerdem gibt es nicht viele intererssante Charaktere an die man sich halten könnte.
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