The Untouchables

The Untouchables ★★★★

Brian De Palma’s gangster flick The Untouchables (1987) is a beautiful looking film. The Art Deco inspired set design, lighting and cinematography look absolutely fantastic. It’s story about high profiled cop Elliot Ness and his team of Untouchables chasing down crimelord Al Capone during the prohibition era, is one of the more popular mafia true stories. However where the comparisons stop between this gangster film and say The Godfather trilogy or Goodfellas (1990) is in the plot. There’s really not much to it other than raid scenarios and general gangland action.

The characters in this movie help to pull the narrative from its slumber, notably those in the Untouchables team with Sean Connery being the standout. Some of his moments in this film are the best of his career. Kevin Costner’s Elliot Ness is wooden, no surprise there, but it works for Ness’ straight laced, by the book personality. Robert De Niro also delivers a mighty Al Capone. Then there’s Ennio Morricone’s monumental score, wow. His ability to drop you right into a specific genre is just mesmerising in a film that I will never grow tired of no matter how many times I watch it.

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