Giovanni Montinaro, son of Judge Giovanni Falcone's chief of security, strongly opposed the film, criticizing the choice of releasing it on the anniversary of the murder of his father and of the others involved in the attack. He let it go when Pierfrancesco Favino told him that the date was chosen by the production precisely as a way to pay homage to Falcone, his wife and his security detail, killed that day in 1992. See more »
When Buscetta is playing with his new AR-15 at his home, you can hear Tim McCarver announcing a baseball game and references Eric Davis who played for Cincinnatti Reds. However, the scene is during Christmas time and baseball is not played that time of year. See more »
Everyone has, of course, heard of the mafia but what and who these people are, remains hidden behind lurid headlines and sensational films.
The Traitor offers an insight into who these people really are, their motivations, ambitions and the structure of the organisation, headed by a commission.
What becomes clear is how tribal, loosely cohesive at best and brutal this group is. It underscores too, the fragility, of the judicial system in Italy. Law enforcement and judges intimidated by these groups and politicians potentially collaborating with them. Small wonder they became so powerful.
This film is inherently interesting, made more so by stellar performances, that are simple and honest. There is no pretension here, just an insight into the troubled and tortured life of a man who decided to expose the vicious criminal organisation he once served.
One notable downside is because of the breadth of ambition of this film, covering decades, it can be difficult to follow at times. Making the viewer work to keep up with what happening to who, when and why.
Nonetheless compelling viewing. 7/10 from me.
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