Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller.
Overall, solid performances top to bottom and good characters, some style (see a conversation between a drunk and a heroin addict for a great example), and a little dark humor, but wish the Mickey character (James Gandolfini) had more of a pay-off.
Also, enjoyed the soundtrack and the backdrop of the 2008 Wall St. Fraud.
The location felt vague to me and I never knew where this was taking place. I know it was filmed in Louisiana. Felt vaguely like it could have been Pittsburgh. Other comments lead me to believe the intended setting was New England, but I missed the references and not enough of the accents lined up to give me that feeling as I watched.
Gritty crime is a tough genre and Killing Them Softly is a better than average attempt.
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