The Irish Mob (aka Mobs Mheiriceá) review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso
The Irish Mob is directed by Dathaí Keane, and stars Aidan Higgins, Michael Kinsella, Eamonn Draper, Joe Lydon, Liam Alex Heffron, Joe Nicholson, Mattie Hynes, Seán Óg Ó Duinín, and Alastair Mac Aindreasa in the main roles. These actors portray some of the most fierce Irish mobsters in recent years, including Michael "King Mike" McDonald, Owney Madden, Jack "Legs" Diamond, Dion O'Banion, John "Cockeye" Dunne, Danny Greene, Jimmy Burke, Dominic Ceremo, and Henry Hill. All of these fellows work together to establish a gangster Empire and also cement their names in history as one of the most notorious people to have ever walked the American soil; to this extent, The Irish Mob does not disappoint in the slightest.
The series does jump around a bit, which is expected due to the fact that the material it’s based on does that as well. This is mainly because the real-world gangsters were in close relation to one another in one way or the other full stop. They were operating, unbeknownst to the governments at the time, in close proximity to each other even though they seemed thinly stretched across the territory of the United States of America. This makes the show that much more interesting to invest your time in, and it’s all for the better because of it.
The series received a major nomination/honor from the most relevant Irish cinema platform – the Irish Oscar (held by the Irish Film and Television Academy Award). Although Keane’s piece didn’t manage to snatch the award, it’s still considered as one of the more prominent Irish offerings in recent years, and here’s why.
The Irish Mob features a highly-entertaining narrative told through the perspective of the mobsters. Rather, the story is told via the lens of a constricted narrator who does his best to omit relevant results and facts in order to achieve a greater pathos during a dramatic reveal down the road. This serves three main purposes: first, it builds unparalleled suspense (over which most average documentary shows are guilty of NOT doing); second, it makes the audience’s involvement that more poignant and tangible; and third and final, it makes us care about what’s happening on-screen – something that a lesser director/storyteller would’ve probably bottled if given the opportunity, the budget ($600,000), and the chance.
Overall, The Irish Mob is an entertaining piece of historical entertainment/reenactment about what was life like back in the 20th century in industrial progressive America, as told through the lives of several key figures from the Irish organized crime. If you happened to like Goodfellas, Casino, The Godfather, and other films of the same nature, then you should definitely put The Irish Mob on your bucket list – the sooner, the better.