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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.
Emotional, intense and truly shocking at times, the movie presents the known facts on a golden plate for the audience to make up their own mind. It's violent, raw, vibrating with tension and punctuated with clever irony.
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...
Surprisingly poor on the larger social context.
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.
Stylish, thrilling true-crime film based on the story of Italian mobster Renato Vallanzasca. Charismatically played by the superb Kim Rossi Stuart, there's validity in the argument that the film glamourises, sometimes even approves of his crimes. But there's real technical skill in front and behind of the camera and as a piece of cinema it's quite something.
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