|Directed by:||Phil Joanou|
|Written by:||Dennis McIntyre|
|Cast:||Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Penn, John Turturro|
|Genre:||Crime, Drama, Thriller|
Placeholder reviewer, will do this properly another time.
Really good film, one of the most underrated crime flicks of the 90s, does get a little familiar with the storyline with two criminal brothers and an undercover cop and the lost love but it does enough with them to make it interesting and there's plenty of tension and family dynamic to carry the film.
The acting is what sets the film out, Sean Penn is just tortured enough being split between two worlds, his closest friends on the criminal side and his loyalty to the law on the other. Gary Oldman is unhinged but sympathetic as the Irish muscle watching the old neighbourhood getting torn down and replaced by Italians and Yuppies while his brother Ed Harris is losing all sense of his identity trying to play up to the Italians and in the process has become a cold hearted bastard without a shred of loyalty. The three of them present very different ideals of the Irish neighbourhood in New York and how it's changing and seeing them all together you're able to get a picture of how far things have gone for them.
Overall a solid gangster flick, familiar but exceedingly well put together.