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seen_VBN
february_NP
1998_CD
,_,
1998_CD
on_IN
home_NN
video_NN
(_(
borrowed_VBN
from_IN
chris_NP
wessell_NP
)_)
._.
when_CS
it_PP
comes_VBZ
to_IN
modern_JJ
gangster_NN
movies_NNS
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
really_RB
difficult_JJ
to_IN
describe_VB
and_CC
review_NN
them_PP
without_IN
making_VBG
comparisons_NNS
to_IN
other_JJ
films_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
genre_NN
and_CC
/_SYM
or_CC
just_RB
using_VBG
the_DT
word_NN
"_"
routine_NN
._.
"_"
i've_???
always_RB
subscribed_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
philosophy_NN
that_CS
any_DT
idea_NN
(_(
no_DT
matter_NN
how_WRB
many_DT
times_NNS
it_PP
's_BEZ
been_BEN
used_JJ
before_IN
)_)
can_NN
provide_VB
for_IN
a_DT
good_JJ
story_NN
and_CC
"_"
donnie_NN
brasco_NP
"_"
clinches_NNS
this_RB
idea_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
unlike_JJ
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
great_JJ
films_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
genre_NN
,_,
yet_RB
it_PP
never_RB
apes_NNS
another_DT
's_BEZ
style_NN
as_IN
it_PP
has_HVZ
a_DT
good_JJ
layer_NN
of_IN
authenticity_NN
,_,
even_RB
if_CS
its_PP$
core_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
tad_NN
stale_JJ
._.
the_DT
film_NN
starts_VBZ
off_IN
in_IN
typical_JJ
fashion_NN
by_IN
defining_VBG
its_PP$
atmosphere_NN
of_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
city_NN
in_IN
the_DT
late_JJ
1970s_CD
and_CC
the_DT
mobsters_NNS
who_WP
inhibit_VB
it_PP
._.
we_PP
meet_VB
lefty_JJ
(_(
pacino_NP
)_)
,_,
an_DT
aging_JJ
wiseguy_???
who_NP
can_MD
still_RB
walk_VB
the_DT
walk_NN
and_CC
talk_VB
the_DT
talk_NN
._.
he_PP
and_CC
his_PP$
associates_NNS
go_VB
through_IN
the_DT
generic_JJ
motions_NNS
you_PP
expect_VB
to_TO
see_VB
in_IN
crime_NN
films_NNS
like_IN
this_DT
._.
somehow_RB
he_PP
comes_VBZ
across_IN
donnie_NN
brasco_NP
(_(
depp_???
)_)
,_,
a_DT
younger_JJR
guy_NN
with_IN
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
spunk_VBN
who_NP
isn't_BEZ
afraid_JJ
of_IN
lefty_JJ
and_CC
his_PP$
rep_???
,_,
and_CC
even_RB
manages_VBZ
to_IN
befriend_NN
him_PP
after_IN
lefty_JJ
was_BEDZ
ready_RB
to_IN
kill_NN
him_PP
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
clear_JJ
donnie_NN
is_BEZ
new_JJ
to_TO
the_DT
life_NN
and_CC
lefty_JJ
recognizes_VBZ
this_DT
immediately_RB
,_,
telling_VBG
him_PP
all_PDT
the_DT
tricks_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
trade_NN
._.
i_PP
have_HV
never_RB
seen_VBN
this_DT
technique_NN
of_IN
actually_RB
revealing_VBG
the_DT
mafioso_NN
idiosyncrasies_NNS
done_DON
before_CS
and_CC
for_IN
this_DT
the_DT
film_NN
deserves_VBZ
credit_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
we_PP
soon_RB
realize_VB
donnie_NN
is_BEZ
actually_RB
joe_NP
pistone_NN
,_,
an_DT
fbi_NP
agent_NN
working_VBG
undercover_RB
-_-
a_DT
character_NN
who_WP
symbolizes_VBZ
the_DT
viewer_NN
as_IN
he_PP
will_MD
soon_RB
be_BE
purged_VBN
into_IN
the_DT
lifestyle_NN
and_CC
treated_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
newcomer_NN
._.
the_DT
first_OD
act_NN
works_NN
as_IN
a_DT
guided_JJ
to_IN
ot_???
of_IN
rhetoric_NN
about_IN
wiseguy_???
honor_NN
,_,
a_DT
brief_JJ
history_NN
of_IN
the_DT
mob_NN
,_,
definitions_NNS
of_IN
their_PP$
slang_NN
,_,
and_CC
where_CS
their_PP$
money_NN
comes_VBZ
from_IN
and_CC
who_WP
it_NN
goes_VBZ
to_IN
._.
the_DT
screenplay_NN
is_BEZ
rather_RB
sketchy_JJ
on_IN
the_DT
details_NNS
surrounding_VBG
these_DT
elements_NNS
,_,
however_RB
,_,
the_DT
fact_NN
they_PP
are_BER
mentioned_VBN
at_IN
all_PDT
is_BEZ
quite_RB
original_JJ
._.
most_DT
gangster_NN
movies_NNS
seem_VB
to_IN
be_BE
made_VBD
with_IN
the_DT
notion_NN
the_DT
viewer_NN
already_RB
knows_VBZ
how_WRB
the_DT
mob_NN
works_NN
(_(
probably_RB
from_IN
watching_VBG
other_JJ
gangster_NN
movies_NNS
)_)
,_,
and_CC
although_CS
this_DT
attitude_NN
comes_VBZ
across_IN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
tries_VBZ
to_IN
fill_NN
in_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
holes_NNS
where_CS
and_CC
when_CS
it_PP
can_MD
and_CC
the_DT
effort_NN
is_BEZ
appreciable_JJ
._.
thankfully_RB
the_DT
film_NN
doesn't_DOZ
become_VB
too_RB
caught_VBN
up_RP
in_IN
the_DT
tedious_JJ
details_NNS
of_IN
organized_JJ
crime_NN
,_,
and_CC
instead_RB
opts_???
for_CS
character_NN
development_NN
._.
much_DT
of_IN
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
told_VBN
simply_RB
through_IN
the_DT
interaction_NN
between_IN
lefty_JJ
and_CC
donnie_NN
._.
pacino_NP
is_BEZ
outstanding_JJ
here_RB
as_CS
the_DT
pathetic_JJ
hood_NN
who_WP
speaks_VBZ
of_IN
his_PP$
job_NN
in_IN
the_DT
same_DT
manner_NN
any_DT
blue_JJ
collar_NN
worker_NN
would_MD
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
old_JJ
and_CC
exhausted_JJ
but_CC
seems_VBZ
to_TO
enjoy_VB
what_WDT
he_PP
does_DOZ
,_,
just_RB
as_CS
anyone_PN
loyal_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
same_DT
employer_NN
for_IN
over_IN
30_CD
years_NNS
might_MD
be_BE
._.
we_PP
learn_VB
of_IN
his_PP$
accomplishments_NNS
,_,
which_WDT
are_BER
quite_RB
impressive_JJ
within_IN
their_PP$
context_NN
,_,
and_CC
when_CS
he_PP
complains_VBZ
about_IN
not_XNOT
being_BEG
made_VBN
top_NN
boss_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
easy_JJ
to_TO
sympathize_VB
with_IN
him_PP
._.
newell_NP
constantly_RB
plays_VBZ
up_RP
this_DT
aspect_NN
,_,
making_VBG
it_PP
a_DT
major_JJ
theme_NN
which_WDT
works_VBZ
well_RB
in_IN
the_DT
long_JJ
run_NN
._.
as_CS
donnie_NN
is_BEZ
constantly_RB
impressing_VBG
and_CC
even_RB
one-upping_VBG
lefty_JJ
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
hard_JJ
to_TO
tell_VB
which_WDT
emotion_NN
is_BEZ
more_DT
powerful_JJ
:_:
the_DT
fact_NN
donnie_NN
is_BEZ
getting_VBG
closer_RBR
to_IN
nailing_VBG
the_DT
mob_NN
;_;
or_CC
the_DT
fact_NN
lefty_JJ
has_HVZ
once_RB
again_RB
been_BEN
over_IN
shadowed_JJ
._.
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
tells_VBZ
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
donnie_NN
's_POS
life_NN
in_IN
mafia_NN
,_,
which_WDT
creates_VBZ
for_IN
many_DT
sub-plots_NNS
and_CC
individual_JJ
conflicts_NNS
,_,
but_CC
doesn't_DOZ
always_RB
seem_VB
to_IN
come_VBN
together_RB
as_IN
a_DT
whole_JJ
._.
the_DT
storytelling_NN
is_BEZ
genuinely_RB
interesting_JJ
throughout_IN
,_,
even_RB
when_CS
the_DT
motions_NNS
the_DT
characters_NNS
go_VB
through_IN
seem_VB
familiar_JJ
._.
the_DT
resonance_NN
to_IN
donnie_NN
's_POS
actual_JJ
assignment_NN
varies_VBZ
,_,
he_PP
often_RB
reports_VBZ
back_RP
to_IN
the_DT
feds_???
with_IN
detail_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
progress_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
always_RB
seem_VB
to_IN
have_HV
much_DT
meaning_NN
._.
back_NN
home_NN
,_,
his_PP$
wife_NN
maggie_NP
(_(
heche_NN
)_)
is_BEZ
ready_JJ
to_TO
divorce_VB
him_PP
because_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
never_RB
a_DT
and_CC
the_DT
family_NN
is_BEZ
suffering_VBG
._.
since_CS
this_DT
is_BEZ
based_VBN
on_IN
a_DT
true_JJ
story_NN
i_PP
wouldn't_MD
doubt_VB
this_DT
would_MD
happen_VB
,_,
although_CS
the_DT
way_NN
it_PP
is_BEZ
handled_VBN
often_RB
borders_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
melodramatic_JJ
._.
my_PP$
only_JJ
major_JJ
complaint_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
film_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
have_HV
no_DT
final_JJ
act_NN
,_,
or_CC
at_IN
least_DT
any_DT
real_JJ
sense_NN
of_IN
closure_NN
._.
a_DT
climax_NN
of_IN
sorts_NNS
does_DOZ
occur_VB
,_,
but_CC
there_EX
's_BEZ
little_DT
feeling_NN
of_IN
a_DT
payoff_NN
._.
we_PP
get_VB
a_DT
happy_JJ
ending_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
good_JJ
,_,
but_CC
perhaps_RB
a_DT
sad_JJ
ending_NN
would_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
more_DT
powerful_JJ
._.
aside_RB
from_IN
a_DT
few_DT
minor_JJ
,_,
general_JJ
flaws_NNS
,_,
"_"
donnie_NN
brasco_NP
"_"
manages_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
solid_JJ
piece_NN
of_IN
storytelling_NN
and_CC
character_NN
development_NN
._.
it_PP
may_MD
be_BE
routine_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
good_JJ
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
respectful_JJ
._.
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