Angel of Evil (2011)
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Director Michele Placido and actor Kim Rossi Stuart team up to tell the tale of notorious Italian outlaw Renato Vallanzasca, whose penchant for bold crimes, daring prison breaks, and extravagant showmanship transformed him into an underworld celebrity in the 1970s. Vallanzasca was just nine years old when he and a group of mischievous friends snuck into a local circus to free a tiger, but that fateful day marked the beginning of a spectacular criminal career. Subsequently sent to a juvenile
Jun 17, 2011 Limited
Sep 27, 2011
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What is missing is any sort of psychological insight. Just what made Renato run? You won't find out here.
To borrow Robert Evans's famous quotation about "The Godfather," you can smell the spaghetti, but less sauce might have helped.
Gangster clichés fly like submachine gun bullets in the Italian crime biopic "Angel of Evil," a restless and hollow rundown of '70s criminal Renato Vallanzasca.
As a tale of squabbling gangsters and prison intrigues, "Angel of Evil" is ordinary.
You can all but feel the checklist being marked off, and the viewer is never really drawn into the world or made to care what's happening.
Terrible orch-rock soundtrack aside, it makes for an engrossing if hollow romp.
Not to indulge in cliché, but given that Rossi Stuart penned the script with five other writers, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that so many cooks created a meal that's all sauce and no spaghetti.
The film, like all gangster movies, gets off on glamour and guns, which initially makes it a thrill to watch...
It's a bit of a plod, violent and overlong, from which we learn only this: even the Italians dressed badly in the 1970s.
If it falls short of either Gomorrah or A Prophet, it is an above average prison thriller, telling us of a strange man who fought most of his enemies to a standstill until he died.
Cmpetently made, but after Mesrine, the recent Carlos The Jackal film and the Mafiathemed Gomorrah, this is one sub-genre that's fast reaching saturation point.
The main reason to see this is a charismatic leading performance by Kim Rossi Stuart. Even so, it makes two hours feel like four.
None of it's bad: but it leaves unanswered the question of why exactly we should care about this guy.
This film works as a straight up guns-and-money flick, but its clichés fail to involve us in the myth that is the Angel of Evil.
Unlikely to reshape the canon but an entertaining enough retro Italian gangster romp.
Rising Italian star Kim Rossi Stuart is the standout in this fast-paced biography of Milanese gangster Renato Vallanzasca, who fancied himself as something of a Robin Hood figure in the mid-1970s.
There are a few too many characters to keep straight, and some irrelevant sideroads, but it's a gripping ride
Audience Reviews for Angel of Evil
- Renato Vallanzasca: The moment a man loses his self-esteem believing there's no limit to violence, is the moment he's no longer a man.
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