Sep 25

Film review – Donnie Brasco (1997)

Film review – Donnie Brasco (1997)

Donnie Brasco

Rating: 8/10

Starring: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, Anne Heche, James Russo, Željko Ivanek, Gerry Becker, Andrew Parks, Robert Miano, Brian Tarantina, Rocco Sisto, Tim Blake Nelson, Paul Giamatti, Carl Mercadante

Directed by: Mike Newell

Review: Film review – Donnie Brasco (1997) – This is a slightly unusual gangster movie, perhaps that’s because it’s based on real events. It’s unusual because it doesn’t concentrate on the violence inherent in the gangster life style (don’t let that sentence fool you there is violence its just not the main focus). Instead it focuses on the mundane details of the lifestyle and shows just how grim a gangsters life can be.

Donnie Brasco is an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates the mob in New York in the 1970’s. He is introduced to the ‘family’ by Lefty Ruggiero an ageing hitman played by Al Pacino. Slowly Donnie is drawn deeper and deeper into the family and further and further away from reality and his real family.

Al Pacino is his usual self, very convincing. Johnny Depp less so, he’s a little too fresh faced for this and he struggles with the accent. Overall though its a good tale with some nice little incites into the more mundane aspects of being a gangster (like coming up with your ante each month by stealing quarters from parking meters). Good stuff, well worth a watch.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donnie_Brasco_%28film%29

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119008/

Amazon: Buy it