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Angels Of Evil review

Charismatic biopic documenting the highs and lows of one of Italy's most famous gangsters

This breathless biopic from director Michele Placido (Romanzo Criminale) chronicles the rise and fall of Renato Vallanzasca, a notorious Milanese gangster in the ’70s and ’80s who’s serving several life sentences.

Loosely based on two of Vallanzasca’s own books, it tears through his career in a flurry of bank robberies, kidnappings and prison breaks, with a commanding performance from a charismatic yet volatile Kim Rossi Stuart.

But the screenplay – the work of six writers – offers little psychological insight or socio-political context for its subject’s crime sprees.

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