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Sunday, 7 August 2011

Film Review - Donnie Brasco


Release: 1997
Director: Mike Newell
Starring: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Anne Heche

Johnny Depp's moustache, heheh. This one of those all-time great crime movies, but with such top 10 competition from the likes of Goodfellas and Usual Suspects, it seems to often be forgotten.

Depp plays a cop in deep deep cover with the mob under the alias of Donnie Brasco, and uses Al Pacino as his "in" to Michael Madsen's organisation. The two form a deep bond, and Pacino treats him like family. He's certainly no Godfather in his film, more just like a lackey, but he has pride.

So deep undercover is he that his wife and children barely know who he is, and he ends up commiting crimes with them and offering ideas how to expand the empire.

There's a real sense of tension throughout the whole film, as one wrong move could see him exposed. I won't spoil the ending, but it's amaaaaazing

8/10

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