I'm still trying to figure out what the point behind this movie was.
Was it a study of the Mob? Was it a study on the character of Donnie Brasco?
Was it following Al Pacino's character Lucky? Donnie
Brasco is based on the true story of Special Agent Joseph Pistone.
Pistone, played by Johnny Depp, inflitrates the Mob. As Donnie Brasco,
Pistone is supposed to get to know people, gather evidence, all that sort
of stuff. But as he gets deeper and deeper into Brasco, Pistone loses his
real life, a life that includes his wife and three kids. He can't tell
his wife (Anne Heche) what he's doing, for her own protection. At the same
time, he's supposed to be trusted by the Mob while talking to the FBI every
day. Lucky is Donnie's "in" in the Mob. Lucky stands up for Donnie, and
that means everything. The problem I had with the movie was that it seemed
to lack focus. Sometimes Donnie had problems with the life of the Mob,
and sometimes he dove in head first. Sometimes he acted like an FBI agent,
and sometimes I wasn't sure what he was doing. Sometimes I couldn't follow
who was supposed to kill who, and who was the leader of this faction and
who was a rival. The main thought I came with out of this movie, was that
by the end, Pistone started to wonder if real life was really that great.
Maybe the life of a mobster was more true than real life. The Mob stands
up for the people who do them right. The FBI gives you a medal and $500.
Is it worth it?