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Title:   Whitey: United States of America V. James J. Bulger
Director:   Joe Berlinger
Year:   2014
Genre:   Documentary
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   05.29.15

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Date Viewed Venue Note
05.29.15Netflix Documentary fever continues with this look at Whitey Bulger's criminal career framed by his well-publicized and long-awaited trial. I watched this because Black Mass looks interesting and I wanted to know more about what actually happened. This is less a biography however and more of a court case where Bulger's agenda, the department of justice's agenda, and the FBI's agenda are all examined. I know they used Whitey as inspiration for the Jack Nicholson character when they adapted Infernal Affairs into The Departed and that's really apt since it seems most of Bulger's crew ended up flipping and informing before or after they were caught. The questions of widespread corruption within the justice department are also really interesting but, much like the West Memphis films, this movie is so close to the subject that we are left to draw our own conclusions based on information presented. The movie could've used an on-camera interview with Whitey but what are you gonna do... all in all a decent doc that was more interesting than I thought it would be.
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