Angel of Evil Reviews
Had the makings of a good Scarface-like crime-drama, but ultimately was disappointing. Story just wasn't that enthralling, or engaging. Is pretty much a join-the-dots blow-by-blow account of a crime lord's life. Little depth to the characters.
Has some good action scenes and is quite gritty, but the movie lacks substance.
Decent performances, however. Kim Rossi Stuart is great in the lead role. Supporting cast are solid too. Moritz Bleibtrau and Paz Vega will be familiar names to many viewers.
P.s. per essere un gangster movie e' un po' lungo e un po' lento, ci sono le scene di azione ma vengono solo viste di sfuggita per poi beccarsi le lunghe sequenze di lui in carcere e le lotte fratricide.
The film documents the story of young criminal RENATO who believes 'I was born to be a thief!'. He is in prison telling his tale and justifying who he is, an unsuccessful bank robber, with this being the sad true story of an imprisoned criminal.
The film borders on being flashy, glamorous, in a 70's style with an annoyingly macho lead and simple support cast. It is sexually charged, with your token and rather poor shoot outs, patchy action, low level dialogue, and shallow characters - all screaming low budget dross.
This is definitely a weak Mesrine gangster movie - lacking a powerful and likeable main lead, gloss, finish, quality, aspiration and self confidence. EA is light, self indulged and debatably nothing new or interesting. It is a shame, and Italian film quality appears even sparser nowadays.
Based on the criminal life of Renato Vallanzasca the film shos how he became a media celebity robbing banks and killing policemen.
His gang are all a touch on the demented side and the robberys sometimes develop into farce as his crew have problems coping .
Kim Rossi Stewart is great in the lead role ,i knew he would be as i had seen him in the film Romanzo Criminale which happens to be directed by Michele Placido as well.
Unlike that film the story strand is focused and at times brutal as the gang carve thier way across Italy .
The final third of the film is more a prison drama as we folow Vallanzasca around some of Italys Toughest prisons.
The film is fine and shows again that the Europeans can match America in the action thriller stakes.