Angels Of Evil details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Kim Rossi Stuart, Filippo Timi, Moritz Bleibtreu, Valeria Solarino|
|Genres:||Drama, Thriller, World Cinema|
|Studio:||FUSION MEDIA SALES|
|Original title||Vallanzasca - Gli Angeli del Male|
Angels Of Evil
|Run time:||2 hours 5 minutes|
|Rental release:||10 Oct 2011|
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Angels of EvilBy a customer , 24 Oct 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]Tedious! The film glorified a self centred person who inflicted pain on others. So did Mesrine, but somehow, that film was more engaging. No humour to lift the boredom either. If you enjoy gun fights and gore for its own sake watch this.
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Don't botherBy a customer , 14 Aug 2013Only watched 10 minutes as we did not think it was as good as other films on this subject matter. Recent series on Sky Arts much better
It's a bit tediousBy gianino (648 reviews) from London , 03 Apr 2013The acting is good and Kim Rossi Stuart is a an impressive actor and also gorgeous although here he looks like an Italian cow boy; this is the 70s though so they all look like cow boys. The problem is that there is not much of a plot and it gets a bit messy. It has great potential but it gets lost and it tends to be very flat and not much exiting. This is the story of Vallanzasca in Milan in the 70s so they could have come out with a better movie as the story was already written. It's a shame really; although it is not too bad to watch.
Italian Not-so NoirBy Dobbsy (2 reviews) from Leyland , 02 Jul 2012Disappointing true-crime melodrama from the director of Gomorrah. The film follows the violent career of Milan-based bank-robber Renato Vallanzasca from his early forays into violent crime in the 1970s through to his extended incarcerations in the late 80s where he acquired a higher media profile as a regular absconder from prison.
Unlike Gomorrah, this film makes no attempt to fill in the social and political background of the criminals so there is no depth to any of the characters. What at first sight looks like a film about the anni di piombo (the years of lead) when Italy was ravaged by urban terrorism, the Red Brigades, the murder of Aldo Moro etc. is in fact a rather pedestrian action movie. The central character is meant to be a charismatic Lothario figure but because of this absence of context, he has no psychology and no clear motivation for his actions : he is a violent thug with a hairstyle. The knock-on effect of this is the film-makers seem unsure as to how they should regard him and this uncertainty is communicated to the audience - is he hero, anti-hero, amoral murderer, all three, what? The attitude the film-makers seem to be hinting at is that we should find him attractive, if only because he is the least loathsome of the other scumbags who populate this movie. This will not do and one is left wondering why this lowlife should be worthy of our attention and what his case tells us about the Italy of the time. A lot of the violence is gratuitous and the film-makers' sympathies misplaced. All that made Gomorrah such a great film is absent here..
Another Panettoni?By Variety (8 reviews) from Haverhill , 23 Mar 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThe Italians invented the midget submarine .. but the skill did not shine through into this masterpiece of crudity and ignorance
A highly stylised and enjoyable movie.By MovieRamble (27 reviews) , 07 Mar 2012Angels of Evil 2010
Im not a bad person, I just have a pronounced dark side so says Renato Vallanzasca a Milanese gangster and celebrity criminal that operated in and around Milan in the 1970s. A man, who boasted that he was born to be a thief, a man who became a legend in Italy, loved by women because of his good looks and addictive smile and a man who was treated like a famous Rock star. Vallanzasca is now the subject of a feature film directed by Michele Piacido. Angels of Evil (2010) or Vallanzasca Gli angeli del male, tells the story of this charismatic gangster from his prison cell where he is technically still incarcerated to this day having receiving four life sentences but at present controversially let out each day to work. Narrated by Vallanzasca it takes us back to his heyday when he was the head of a crime syndicate known as Banda della Comasina (Band of Comasina) one of the most powerful and ferocious criminal groups in Milan, carrying out daring robberies, kidnappings and murder.
The exceptionally good looking and mesmerising Italian actor Kim Rossi Stuart play the part of Renato Vallanzasca. Rossi Stuart had previously worked with the director on another Italian gangster movie Romanzo Criminale (2005) based on a novel which in turn was inspired by the Banda della Manliana one of the most powerful criminal associations which dominated Romes drug and gambling activities from the 1970s up until 1992.
Although the director and the lead star where given permission by the prison authorities to meet with Vallanzasca and his wife! Piacido decided to keep arms length from the films subject because he felt he might be influenced to be too sympathetic towards the character. Rossi Stuart and Renato met and talked many times which allowed the actor to enter the maze of Renatos complex criminal mind and extract a character that would portray his light and dark side, which he does to great effect. A highly stylised movie thats both entertaining and edifying.
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