(Douglas Cochrane, Todd Bryant, Matthew Marsden, Kevin Chapman, et al / DVD / R / (2010) 2011 / MGM)
Overview: Mike "Madso" Madden leads a gang of small-time criminals on the gritty backstreets of Boston. When the local Irish mob boss goes on the lam, Madso and his crew are thrust into an epic street war, as rival gangsters and corrupt cops fight it out for control of the mobster's hidden fortune.
DVD Verdict: Starting off on the right foot, I have to say that lead actor, Matthew Marsden was excellant in this portrayal of Irish Boston mobsters. I thought he did a wonderful job with the Irish accent. Hard to do, possibly, one assumes given his British accent, perhaps?!
Anyway, all the characters in 'Madso's War' are very real, gritty just like the real life counterparts. The power struggle within the "family" was true to form, again, one can only assume. The struggle of these characters to survive the mean streets of Boston is portrayed with true passion.
It's always amazing to witness, in any portrayal such as this the struggle of some men to rise above what they were born into. A lot seemingly destined to always fall back to what they've known is sad, but realistic, for sure. But here though, it's about the void left by the head mobster disappearing and the resulting clash of the lower ranks in their bid to take over.
And yes, it features some very corrupt cops! I honestly hope that I get to see more of Matthew Marsden in upcoming films as he is an above-average actor with so much potential - given a chance at a good script and some decent actors to surround him with. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.