Citizen Gangster (2012)
Average Rating: 5.5/10
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Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 7
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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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The first feature from writer/director Nathan Morlando, Citizen Gangster is based on the true story of Edwin Boyd (Scott Speedman), the man who became postwar Toronto's most famous criminal. Edwin Boyd has returned from WWII and is dismayed by public indifference towards veterans and humiliated by his inability to fulfill his dream of being a Hollywood star or provide for his children and wife Doreen (Kelly Reilly). Seeing only disappointment in the face of his policeman father (Brian Cox),
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Inspired by Boyd's story, rather than literally retelling it, the movie is less a gangster film than an existential allegory of choices and limitations.
Morlando has crafted a stylishly shot and evocatively designed period piece. But it's the dashing, quietly charismatic Speedman who proves the main draw, holding our attention even when the movie doesn't.
Morlando has chosen to approach this material not with witty cynicism, but with quiet, and at times leaden, sincerity.
A good-looking but passionless affair that remains stubbornly aloof from its audience.
As good as Citizen Gangster is, it would be even better if you could understand the dialogue.
Writer-director Nathan Morlando leeches every last bit of color from the frame, until the world around Boyd looks so dreary and drab you can almost understand his desire to liven the place up with a little theatrical mayhem.
"Citizen Gangster" is not exactly riveting. Speedman does the best he can in the title role. He gives his character life even as the sub par script drags us along.
The true moments of tension and danger in this film sing, and some moments, big and small, will haunt the viewer.
With no firm hand guiding the proceedings, this potentially interesting slice of Canadian history winds up feeling like just another "Crime Doesn't Pay" PS
How could the tale of Toronto's most flamboyant bank robber be turned into such a blah, seen-it-all-before film?
Citizen Gangster hits its marks when it's exploding the character's larger-than-life status, aided in large part by Speedman's career-best turn.
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