Angels Of Evil

The true(ish) story of Renato Vallanzasca
Angels of Evil film still
Covering similar stylistic ground to 2008’s Mesrine but lacking some of that movie’s emotional punch, this visually appealing but occasionally repetitive piece tells the true(ish) story of Milanese gang leader Renato Vallanzasca. The film follows the conventions of most mobster histories - and, it must be said, with no small amount of flair - as the rise and fall of yet another violent man is glamorously played out on screen.

Much of the success of the film lies in the central performance of Kim Rossi Stuart as Vallanzasca, imbuing the character with charm and charisma as he goes from crime to prison to escape and then back again. The solid supporting cast strengthen the film’s overall quality but in truth there is little here that hasn’t been seen before. There is excitement, beautiful people and beautiful locations but what there is not is a sense of depth in the screenplay. As the production notes themselves attest “in this film you will not discover the truth about Vallanzasca’s case. Instead you will discover that there is more than one truth…” This ambiguity, shifting of morals and superficiality may have been Vallanzasca’s greatest strength but ultimately it is his - and the movie’s - greatest weakness too.

5/10

Words by Robert W. Monk


ANGELS OF EVIL
DIRECTOR MICHELE PLACIDO
OUT NOW
CERT 15

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