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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…
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An excellent mob movie but just a notch below the greats of the genre. Donnie Brasco is one of the films I grew up loving…
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…
DONNIE BRASCO. BASED ON A TRUE STORY.
Johnny Depp e Al Pacino no seu melhor, esta história é fascinante!
Um polícia infiltrado começa a gostar do modo de vida mafioso e começa a tornar-se num, tudo isto para não trair o seu melhor amigo!
"In our thing, you get sent for, you go in alive, you come out dead. And it´s your best friend that does it."
Mike Newell is not a director I am very well aware of, but this has me intrigued, wanting to explore more of his filmography. Following an undercover FBI agent in the mob, the story isn't exactly unique, but it is really all about the execution and characters. Donnie Brasco does this extremely well, conveying the story through interesting characters that keep the suspense from start to finish.
Seeing Johnny Depp in a role other than the Jack Sparrow-like character he seems to be stuck in at the moment is always refreshing, reminding me once again that he truly is a talented actor. The casting overall is fantastic, managing to capture a very life-like feeling of a mob family. Whether it…
Superbly crafted, there is a lot of heart in this film and Pacino delivers one of his most underrated performances.
Very much in the vein of Serpico or The Departed, Donnie Brasco shows the double life of an undercover agent. While the story is one that has entered the public consciousness to the point of being rather mundane this film rides on solid performances to achieve a respectable quality. Al Pachino is wearing the gangster persona he was so well known for and Michael Madsen of Resevoir Dogs takes a turn as an up and coming mob boss. At times the movie can feel manipulative as if the director didn't have confidence in the scrip and performances to move the audience, with sad violins blaring in the background of several secnes.
Has the potential to be a classic.
This movie should be better known. Great performances by Pacino and Johnny Depp.
Johnny Depp's last decent film role? (I did enjoy Sleepy Hollow but it seems he's spent the last 15 years doing the opposite of what he started out as- certainly since being praised in Pirates he has gone completely over the top). I forgot how heartbreaking Pacing is too. A really great film.
Donnie Brasco tells, in a less stylish way, the story of an undercover cop and, despite sharing some similarities, such as it's genre, with many other classics, Donnie is a much richer film than average. From its characters to the fact that it's really based on a true story, Donnie Brasco surprises in managing to propel a story without the marked techniques that have been conventionalized in nowadays filmmaking and showcases great storytelling.
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