Director: Scott Cooper. Cast: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Rory Cochrane, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Corey Stoll, Juno Temple. 122 min. Rated R. Biography/Crime.
If David O. Russell made a Scorsese movie, this is what it would have looked like. It's another Departed rendition of Boston gangsters and FBI informants, told with a slow-paced flair of the 70s. The problem is that Scorsese has already defined these components so well, it's tough to enjoy the movie without being repeatedly reminded of the style's true origins. But the film's greatest asset is the Nosferatu-like Depp as James "Whitey" Bulger; he's so immersed in the role, at times I forgot it was Johnny Depp. The film is worth watching, if only to savor his presence.