The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Hard-drinking journalist Paul Kemp takes a job at a besieged newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His volatile editor, Lotterman, assigns him to tourist pieces and horoscopes, but promises more. Paul rooms with Sala, an aging and equally alcoholic reporter, in a rundown flat. Sanderson, a wealthy entrepreneur, hires Paul to flack for a group of investors who plan to buy an island near the capital and build a resort. Sanderson's girl-friend, the beguiling Chenault, bats her eyes at Paul. His loyalties face challenges when he and Sala get in trouble with locals, when a Carnival dance enrages Sanderson, and when the paper hits the skids. Is the solution always alcohol?Written by
The problem with people these days is that they need a protagonist, they need an antagonist. Is that what we've become? A society that so dearly needs a clear good and bad guy? We need a movie to yell at us what it's trying to get across? Reading all the reviews about the lack of focus, or not strictly adhering to the book, I might have a bad impression if I hadn't seen the film already. Thank the lord.
It's an amazing film, one that cannot really be taken apart, one that's hard to talk about in specifics. It's an art film, and like all forms of art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The Mona Lisa means something different to me than it means to most people, and the same idea applies here. In the film, I see way too much real life in the performances, I see realistic conditions, and the whole thing is a great ride. It's believable, it's got some funny moments, Amber Heard looks...... good.. to say the least... and when I left the theatre, I wondered what I had just seen. I thought about it for a while, formulated a sort of opinion, but then realized I got something out of it most people wouldn't; it spoke to my life.
Like I said, it's an art film. Go see it, and see what it says to you.
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