De Niro Is a Gangster

the familyRobert De Niro is back as a gangster September 20th, with “The Family.”

When I say “gangster” I don’t mean “Goodfellas” status, but “The Family” is directed by Luc Besson who many of you know from the “Taken,” and “Transporter,” series. Besson wrote for those films, and while most of his stories are illogical, they are popcorn worthy.

So what separates “The Family” from the rest Besson has sunk his teeth into? The executive producer of the film is Martin Scorsese! If you’re a movie fan then you know De Niro and Scorsese are the dream team duo of film making. While this one still looks messy, it might turn out to be a lucrative earner at the box office.

Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones

Plot: The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.

De Niro is close to 70 years old, but he has shown no signs of slowing down.  He has five films in post-production and three more in pre-production. Joining him is the insanely talented Tommy Lee Jones, which is guaranteed to make the interaction interesting on screen. You can only imagine the improv that took place on set between those two.

De Niro will likely never play a prolific Scorsese gangster role ever again, but he falls into the old cliche category; “You don’t know what you have until you loose it.” De Niro will be missed when he officially retires and focuses on his passion, the Tribeca Film Festival which he co-founded in 2002.

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