Saturday, April 5, 2014

Rob the Mob

It's always great to get a reminder why I love to check out films that come out of nowhere with no buzz.  Sometimes they're great.  And they're even better when you don't expect them to be.

Based on a true story during the John Gotti trial in 1992, Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda play ex-cons trying to go straight.  But it's hard making an honest living in this world, and when opportunity presents itself, they decide to rob the mob.

That generic plot could result in a wide range of films.  This one is a completely engaging one, that pulls you in from start to finish largely due to characters that you really care about.  Director Raymond De Felitta ('City Island') does it again, and wows me when I wasn't expecting it, though this time with a more serious tone.  The cast is tremendous including Andy Garcia, Ray Romano, Frank Whaley, Griffin Dunne, Cathy Moriarty, and Burt Young.  It's 'Bonnie and Clyde' meets 'True Romance' meets 'Goodfellas' (but not as quirky or as violent.)  To me, it's the best movie of the year so far.  See it in limited release in theaters now.

Grade: A

Who is this move for?  Mafia movie mavens.  Though it's more character driven, less violent, and even more romantic than most of them.

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