THE UNTOUCHABLES [ 1987 ], directed by #briandepalma .
In my opinion, one of the most effective films about the confrontation between the law & the bootleggers. & mostly thanks masterful direction by De Palma. He was able to stage a, not the richest in spectacular events, story very competently, squeezing the most out of every scene, thus making even the irrelevant stuff - crucial.
The plot does not shine with some bright twists, but the dramatic component is In stock, & is somewhat restrained within reason, so that none of the melodramatic boundaries are crossed.
The emphasis was placed on brutal seriousness, & without deviations, the norm was exceeded at the highest level. From which almost the whole film, an entire crime drama gives off a kind of noir smell.
The only, in the slightest degree, annoying issue I had with this film is the lack of expressiveness of the opposing sides. Namely - “ the good” here is too straightforward (almost dull), & with unconvincing motivations, while “ the evil” was not fully disclosed, in particular, coming into contact with “the good” only by reciprocal actions, as if defending its interests. This still seems to me like a slightly lazy elaboration of the characters.
Speaking of which, there’s practically zero complains in the casting department. I mean it’s #kevincostner when he was still good; it’s #seanconnery who’s always been good (#rip ), & who’s charisma outshines everyone else, & you also got #robertdeniro as #alcapone , so at least the actors themselves make prevent their characters from being completely recyclable.
As for all the technical aspects, this is where I just can’t praise this great stuff enough. I mean that scenery, music score, some very creative shot choices, even the action portions - it’s all top notch, almost on a par with the rest of the genre’s great titles.
I’ll score this solid movie an 8/10. It isn’t necessarily a masterpiece, but is definitely up there in a category that’s closest to being such.
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