WHEN Mobsters need something done, they keep it in The Family. A twisted, dark and sadistic family but a family nonetheless.
In the latest mobster movie release, Robert De Niro stars as Giovanni Manzoni - a former mobster who, after ratting out many of his fellow mob members, is on the run with his family and is re-hidden by FBI agent Robert Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones).
Though you would expect family members who is forced into witness protection because of their husband/father's ways to be upset about it, this is not the case.
De Niro plays the former mobster, but the whole "Blake family" (the surname they are currently assigned) fits the lifestyle. Michelle Pfeiffer's character blows up grocery stores; Dianna Agron's beats up teenage boys and girls alike with vicious force; and John D'Leo blackmails everyone around him into doing his violent bidding.
Directed by Luc Besson from a screenplay he wrote with Michael Caleo and adapted from Tonino Benacquista's novel Malavita, The Family does stir up gleeful amorality. Some of the biggest laughs come from the grisly scenes of Giovanni triumphantly venting his rage when he doesn't get instant gratification or feels disrespected.
But that is where my love for the movie ends. The Family has holes galore. It has abrupt tonal shifts, an incoherent back-story and abandoned subplots. It doesn't even try for basic credibility.
But you can't deny the talent of the actors and they deliver an electric energy throughout the movie.
Stars: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, Tommy Lee Jones
Director: Luc Besson
Reviewed by: Kiera Kelly Williamson