Tuesday, February 23, 2016

770. The Untouchables

The Untouchables
Directed by Brian De Palma

I am not usually into costumes and set pieces as I am into story lines and characters but I was blown away by this visual display.  According to Roger Ebert, the film is completely unoriginal and uninventive, but hey, I am a plebeian so I liked it.

In 1930 Chicago, prohibition is in full swing and Al Capone is supplying liquor citywide.  An agent from the Bureau of Prohibition, Eliot Ness, is assigned to bring Capone down.  Ness recruits several men he knows are free from corruption and leads a successful raid, gaining some publicity as "The Untouchables."

Robert De Niro is obviously fantastic in this film.  I was actually impressed with Kevin Costner's performance, as his character could have easily come across as dull.  I was also surprised by the strength of Sean Connery's performance, who I have never given too much credit before.

It's getting quite late so I am going to wrap it up kind of early.  Like I said, it is a beautiful film, beautifully performed and beautifully staged.

RATING: *****

Interesting Facts:

Body count of 24.

Robert De Niro had his clothes made by Al Capone's tailors.

1 comment:

  1. I love this kind of movie and thought the acting was great! I love the Interesting fact about Robert De Niro's clothes. That is very cool.