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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Citizen Gangster DVD Review

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Citizen Gangster DVD Review

Synopsis: Based on the true story of Edwin Boyd, the man who became postwar Toronto's most famous criminal, CITIZEN GANGSTER is a powerful tale of one man's rise from obscurity to criminal celebrity and the dangerous price he pays for it. Eddie Boyd (Scott Speedman, The Moth Diaries, The Strangers), 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. Moreover, his veteran status has done nothing to help him provide for his children and wife Doreen (Kelly Reilly, Sherlock Holmes). Seeing only disappointment in the face of his policeman father (Brian Cox, Zodiac), Eddie becomes desperate and starts to rob banks. But what starts as friendly and flirtatious robberies evolves over time into a career not unlike that of Clyde Barrow or Butch Cassidy, in which crime and love mix with explosive results.

Review: I'm a huge fan of true crime drama and the tale of Edwin Boyd is one that definately needed to be told!   The filmmakers did a wonderful job of washing out the color palet of the film to create a vintage post WWII era atmosphere...or at least the way I like to think of it as a viewer.  Speedman did wonderfully in the lead role.   I'd really only ever seen him in the Underworld series, so it was fun to watch him flex his acting chops.  This anti-hero tale was very enertaining and a must watch.

Interest Range: Drama