Capone, by Cameron J. Czaja

So, the other day I decided to do something that I haven’t done in a while: rent a movie from a Redbox machine. While scrolling through my choices, I happened to find one film that I’ve heard about but haven’t seen, and that was Capone. That film was originally meant to come out in theaters, but thanks to Covid-19 it got the video on demand and Redbox treatment. I was curious about the film Capone for two reasons: 1) It has Tom Hardy playing the title character and 2) Josh Trank was the writer and director of this film. For those who don’t know who that is, Josh Trank directed a film called Chronicle which in my opinion is one of the best found-footage films I’ve ever seen. He then, unfortunately, made Fantastic Four (2015), which was one of the worst superhero films that I’ve ever seen. That film nearly broke him and he isolated himself from Hollywood until recently when he made Capone, with which he hopes it’ll be he’s big comeback. Did he achieve such a feat? Let’s find out.

In Capone, a “gangster” film, we focus on Alfonzo Capone (Tom Hardy) in his final moments. He’s spending the remainder of his days in Florida after an eleven year sentence in prison. He was released early due to his poor health as he suffers from neurosyphilis and dementia that takes a toll on Capones body. Throughout the film he starts having visions from his past, which haunts him in his current state and confuses his family members who are taking care of him. Meanwhile the FBI is monitoring Capone’s home and his daily activities because they have reason to believe he hid 10 million dollars on his estate and they’re desperate to retrieve that large sum of money.

Despite a shorter description of Capone’s premise compared to my other reviews, I enjoyed the set-up here because it’s not something we usually see in a gangster film. It’s too bad that the rest of the film is dull, and it made me almost regret renting it from Redbox. Sigh. . . .

To put into perspective of how boring was Capone, I got a full eight hours of sleep before I put the movie on yet there were moments where I found myself drifting back to sleep. I knew what I was going in for but my gosh I had no idea that a film about a dying Capone could be so dull.  Now I’m not trying to say that I wanted a thrill ride about Capone’s last moments, but some interesting character moments of the notorious gangster would have helped. Instead we spend a good chunk of the film in a critical condition where he has moments of accidentally urinating, pooping, and farting on himself (no I’m not joking). Along with boredom I was now disgusted because the film shows you the aftermath of his accidents. Sigh. . . .

The funny thing is that Capone could’ve worked. As mentioned before, he starts having visions of his past and some of them were somewhat interesting. But they do not justify the actions of the late criminal in a way that makes me feel sympathy for him. Now if they had a scene where he was trying to make amends with God during these visions then I could’ve been on board. I mean the film (mild spoiler) The Irishman did that and I wouldn’t have minded if this film replicated that story element. But no, the film didn’t even bother to offer any redeeming qualities of Capone, which made me not care what happened to him at the end. 

Now, despite that, I actually don’t hate Capone as much as I’m talking about it. It is a competently made film and far superior to Fantastic Four, but the dull story and uninteresting character traits doesn’t merit it a view even if it’s not a theatrically released film. I’m just glad I had a coupon code when I rented this, otherwise I would’ve been really irritated, even though the full rental price is two dollars.

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