Brian De Palma
Robert De Niro
The biggest strength for UNTOUCHABLES is that the film is based off famous people that we all know about. Unfortunately, thatís also the filmís biggest weakness. No other mob movie in the past 30 years has tackled a character as popular as Al Capone and so the expectations are pretty high for De Palma and crew. Overall, Iíd say they pulled it off, but not without some problems.
The actors all around do a fantastic job and it truly is a star-studded event. Connery turns in one of his best performances and Costner, Garcia and De Niro give equally good turns with their characters. De Palma gives them all the room to give life to their characters and they all take advantage of it. De Niro is a bit over the top, but itís De Niro, so it works fine.
By this point in his career, most people have realized that Brian De Palma is a very hit or miss director. Chances are good that even his biggest fans will admit heís made some bad movies and even his biggest critics will admit heís made some great films. I put UNTOUCHABLES towards the top of his list of best films. It has enough cool characters and enjoyable moments to make it worthwhile, but I donít know if De Palmaís style was the right mix for this kind of movie. I think the true story of Elliot Ness and Al Capone is actually kind of boring when compared to the glamorized stories most of us are familiar with. With that in mind, I think this film couldíve used more style than De Palma gave it. Despite that minor complaint, the movie is a must-see for fans of the genre.
Production Stories (17:19): This is a neat featurette because itís a collection of individual production stories from various people involved with the production. We get some tidbits on the vehicles, settings, and clothes. Overall, it had more insight than most featurettes.
Reinventing the Genre (14:24): This is a quick featurette about the decisions they made to make it an original gangster film. I wouldnít go as far as to say they ďreinventedĒ the genre, but it definitely has a Western feel to it, which seems to be what they were going for. Overall, this is a nice, different look at the film.
The Classic (5:41): De Palma and cast members talk about the film and how it was over budget and the challenges they faced and how much they love the film. Nothing mind blowing here, but a nice recap on a good film.
The Men (5:26): This was a very quick promo piece for the film that was made when the film first came out. Itís a nice bit of nostalgia, but other than that it has no worth. Iíd save this for true fans of the film.
There is also a Trailer