Omerta: The Act Of Silence
(Paulie Malignaggi, Will Wallace, Joe Estevez, Adam Nelson, Joe DOnofrio, Carmen Argenziano, et al / DVD / R / (2011) 2021 / MVD Visual)
Overview: At a time when political power and legal jurisdiction rest in the hands of men connected on the inside, one man discovers that the Omerta of loyalty and respect is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.
DVD Verdict: And so the stage is set in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn during a time when the neighborhood is run like its own city-state rather than a residential community.
The Mafia built invisible walls of security for those who resided within its borders, it was easy to gain the trust of the community because you were either with them or against them.
What happens when you realize firsthand that becoming a soldier in the Mafia, is nothing more than a pawn in a deadly game of street chess, where money is worth more than life, and empty promises are your only reward.
In business, as in life, even those with a monopoly on power are subject to failure. Reno was given a taste of power at the age of 18 and never looked back.
Despite the bloodshed and incessant street warfare, the biggest battle Reno ever fought was the internal bout with his lifelong friend and confidant Tommy.
We see, however, that their relationship was toxic from the beginning.
There is something special about a director ie: Craig Syracusa, returning to collaborate with a trusted actor they have worked with, in the past. The style of storytelling becomes more adventurous and the scope for the actor to shine grows exponentially, if the director trusts the actor to raise their game as and when the script demands.
In Omerta: The Act Of Silence, which finally landed on MVD Visual after a long ten year wait, this game of trying to get the best out of ones actor reaches a new, emphatic level.
Simply put, Omerta: The Act Of Silence is a compelling film about a man who charmed his way into committing some gruesome crimes It is a film that needs to be seen to understand the ease with which an intelligent mind can be misguided into a force of criminal activities by those friends around him. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.