This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Edgar Cochran’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
It takes both talent and courage to adapt the novel by Dennis Lehane, especially in the modern era, when people seem to believe they have already seen everything to be seen in mystery thrillers. Scorsese, bravely, confirms their thoughts, and proves that there are still engaging ways to build up suspenseful moments with proper pacing, a correct escalation of events and solid performances. In a way, we love our mind to be puzzled and twisted; we like our preconceived notions to be tested, and above all, as film lovers, we love discussions:
- About the meaning of very particular dialogues.
- About the theories circulating that he was indeed, a cop, after all, and there were experiments being conducted.
- About his last phrase: "Which would be worse, to live as a monster
or to die as a good man?" The entire film I thought he was a cop, UNTIL that phrase, which convinced me otherwise.
Whatever the case may be, even if people saw the entire twist coming alone even before they entered the theater because of the spoilerish theatrical trailer, Scorsese proves once again that execution is the primary ingredient of moviemaking success regardless of how many times we have seen the same film before, even if his direction cannot top the unique environment of the scary thrillers of the 80s.