Eddie Boyd wasn’t a bad guy, he was merely placed into a situation that he didn’t quite enjoy… he wanted more out of life. Fame, fortune and making sure his family was taken care of was the most important things to him. With a combination of desperation, courage and liquor, Eddie walked into his first robbery and charmed the cashier into handing over the cash. For months it went on and eventually he landed himself in jail, but he wasn’t done yet. Eddie Boyd became one of the most notorious gangsters of all time and although the word “gangster” is synonymous with “violence” these days, he never killed a soul… This is his story.
Citizen Gangster was an enjoyable “based on true events” film, beautifully directed and getting that “noir” feeling just right, it’s the type of film that you show to today’s posers and say: “Kid, you might have swag, but you ain’t got nothing on Eddie”. Charming, exciting and an all-around American gangster film, Citizen Gangster creates sympathy for the man and his dreams, making you as the viewer feel a need to have Eddie Boyd win. The performances were great as well, Scott Speedman (Underworld) was able to capture the charming young criminal easily and in some cases you can’t help but reminisce about Heath Ledger‘s The Joker portrayal. He is able to play a husband, a father and still this charismatic gangster that took the world by storm, without breaking a sweat. Kelly Reilly (Eden Lake, Sherlock Holmes) is just as wonderful. Her red hair screams “look at me” and that’s exactly what the viewer will do as she captures the hearts in her portrayal of Doreen Boyd.
Written and directed by Nathan Morlando, a novice in the business thus far, Citizen Gangster doesn’t look at all amateur or independent. It’s a great film and I’m sure that this talented director will make his name in Hollywood in the not-too-distant future.
Other than that, the plot is fairly accurate and furthermore it’s something that will give the viewer much to think about for long afterwards. A surprising ending (right before the credits start rolling) makes you think that Eddie Boyd really was a nice guy that made some bad decisions along his way, but that he ultimately was able to show the world he’s not a bad guy (even if they didn’t know it). In short, I freaking loved Citizen Gangster and I can’t wait to watch it again! Though, I’m sure that some people will disagree with me, especially those who aren’t too keen on noir type of flicks, I still think that it’s the type of movie you show “da gangstArs” in your neighbourhood before you tell them to pull up their pants.
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