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Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is deternimed to take down Al Capone but it's not going to be easy, because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one in the force. He asks Malone to help him get Capone but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war.
In his excellent review of The Untouchables, Cramer K opens up by asking if there has ever been a more bald-faced cinematic thief than Brian De Palma. You would probably expect a huge fan of De Palma's such as I to launch an impassioned defence of him and state that's not the case.
However, to quote a particular excellent episode of Blackadder (doesn't narrow it down, obviously), De Palma is as guilty as a puppy sitting next to a pile of poo. I think the way these things work is that if the director in question is a load of crap and you don't particular like his or her work, it is more likely to bother you. Rarely during gushing…
most of the Untouchables is a staid period piece with hints of mamet flavor. david mamet is certainly a good screenwriter and I'd argue that de palma isn't the best pairing, despite their shared love for fast-talking, chest-puffing protags. mamet's meat n potatoes script leaves little room for de palma to show off his virtuosity.
of course, you get the exceptions. there's the famous battleship potemkin homage, and there's the elevator assassination scene (one sends up eisensteinian montage, the other is structured around an extended tracking shot). these two are immediately set in a different class from the other major setpieces, which are sometimes hindered by story functionality, and generally dulled by morricone's misjudged score.
what to take from this? de palma just needs to be able to do his thing. his best films are organic collaborations with freer material, and his dullest films (though I won't necessarily say his worst) are collaborations with high-profile screenwriters.
Brian De Palma's crime/mobster film is one of style over substance. One that I won't comment on its historical accuracy due to me not knowing enough about this period.
What I do know is at the core of the story its factual however the story around the times is probably more for engaging the audience.
What makes The Untouchables so enjoyable is the set pieces of the times being spot on for the 30's prohibition era.
Some hammy acting kept me from loving it however enough of the episodic scenes were enough to make it very enjoyable.
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"Here endeth the lesson."
Right from the first few seconds of that opening credits sequence, you know that this is going to be good. Aided by a fantastic Ennio Morricone score, Brian De Palma manages to create a stylish and occasionally gritty crime thriller that manages to capture the 30's atmosphere brilliantly. Plus, the supporting cast includes Sean Connery being, well, Sean Connery and Robert De Niro as Al Capone who despite not actually having loads of screentime, has a presence felt throughout the entire film, whilst being genuinely threatening in the scenes he is in.
I did mention the soundtrack was amazing, right?
Has there ever been a more bald-faced cinematic thief than Brian De Palma? I mean sure, there's Quentin Tarantino, but at least Tarantino steals from movies that nobody has seen. De Palma steals from movies that everybody has seen. And yet, and yet... I still kind of admire the guy. Granted, his recent output has been impressively terrible (with the noted of exception of Femme Fatale, a movie I will defend until my dying breath). But when he's on his game he's the like the DJ Shadow of modern cinema, taking samples from all over the movie world and combining them to make something unassailably cool.
So how does The Untouchables fit into the De Palma canon? Not very well,…
There's a lot to be said for ignoring historical accuracy in favor of fun, especially when you're making a movie like The Untouchables. I very much doubt that anything in this movie actually happened in real-life, except perhaps for the imprisonment of Al Capone. But when you have the choice to tailor a role specifically for Sean Connery, why wouldn't you take it?
The Untouchables is a fun movie with some great actors and a real sense of style. Brian De Palma directed this, but you wouldn't know it without some of the film's choice, stylish sequences. A first-person home invasion is reminiscent of the beginning of Blow Out, and a horseback raid on a liquor shipment feels straight out…
Combining a true story with a slightly exaggerated visual style The Untouchables is a compelling mob film that only lack due to its predictability.
It's hard to condemn the screenplay and storytelling of something that was based on true events. While a lot of it would seem to be predictable and at times very pedestrian, I can understand the desire for accuracy over creating new twists for the film. However, the film's real draw is the performances of every lead actor and the subtly stylised visuals which result in a very eye pleasing and engaging film.
While not the best of the genre nor particularly original, the film is still an entertaining look at an interesting part of American history.
6/10: Brian De Palma's gangster classic. I feel the storyline is weak but there are 3 memorable scenes that will stick in your mind forever, which were well directed and choreographed - the bomb, at Connery's apartment and the mafia's dinner.
Brian de Palma nos confunde con sus travellings, zooms, planos cenitales y perspectivas imposibles. Nos confunde con esos tres o cuatro momentos que impactan por su violencia, por su contundencia, por lo visual, por lo que evoca Morricone con su gloriosa banda sonora, por el sonido de las armas descargando, por la tensión. Digo que nos confunde porque en realidad hace un retrato superficial de los personajes y el entorno histórico, de la corrupción de la época y de la figura de Al Capone. Pero el valor icónico instantáneo de esos fragmentos de impacto es tan arrollador que quedan en la retina y elevan el conjunto.
Loved this one.
So much overacting
I felt really good after watching that, I'll tell you.
The Untouchables is widely regarded as a classic, so, naturally, I expected something outstanding when I decided to finally watch it. I expected something on par with Bonnie and Clyde, except slightly more zany (it's a Brian De Palma film, after all). The very title and posters for the film give it a classic crime noire feel - heroic figures in the foreground and a giant, ominous Robert DeNiro looming over our heroes. It looks great. It has a great people on board after all - Brian De Palma directing, David Mamet writing, Ennio Morricone composing. Naturally, those credentials alone would make this film something amazing.
Unfortunately, they do not. The gritty, harsh style of Mamet's script and De Palma's…
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