When Mickey’s crazy step-son Leon is killed in a construction ‘accident’, nobody in the working class neighborhood of God’s Pocket is sorry he’s gone. Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body, but when the boy’s mother demands the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle between a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please and a debt he can’t pay.


“God’s Pocket” is a crime film set in the 1980s about two degenerate gamblers trying to solve a crime. Mickey wants to keep his buddy in line, as no one else wants to help solve the murder of his step-son Leon. Technically, Leon brought a lot of stuff on top of himself, but Leon’s mother won’t let it go. All the while, you’ve got John Turturro flying around the scenes like a tweaker cuckoo bird and it’s freaking amazing. If this is what John Slattery can do as a director, then he needs to tackle more features.

Localized crime fiction seems to belong to the works of Dennis Lehane and others. Between this and my recent viewing of “The Drop”, I’ve got to say that this subgenre is growing on me. Richard Jenkins also shows up in a bid to outperform Hoffman and Turturro. If Jon Lovitz showed up in the background screaming ACTING, I’d shit myself in glee. This is insanely funny movie about bad people doing bad things. For those readers that don’t get my sense of humor, I find Kubiak blowing his brains out on the staircase in “Out of Sight” to be one of the funniest things caught on film. So, there.

The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary, deleted scenes, TV spot and a trailer as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for the chosen aesthetic. The 1080p transfer is crisp, even though most of the film plays dark. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is impressive too. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.


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