Hollywood@Home: Citizen Gangster

Paint your face and rob a bank.  That was Canadian Eddie Boyd’s answer to the general indifference he felt following his return home from World War II.

In “Citizen Gangster,” Scott Speedman plays the disillusioned vet who goes on a crime spree and somehow captures the public’s imagination, since apparently no one gets hurt during these daring stick-ups.

Instead of a mask, Boyd wears makeup.  Heavy makeup.  And, he goes out of his way to see that everyone, bank employees and bystanders, stays safe.

When he does get caught, even iron bars fail to keep him down.  Boyd escapes and forms a gang with some of the other inmates.

“Citizen Gangster” is not exactly riveting.  Speedman does the best he can in the title role.  He gives his character life even as the sub par script drags us along.

The supporting cast includes Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity).  The crime drama was named Best Canadian First Feature at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.  Grade: C

Fast Facts:

DVD Street Date: August 28,2012

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 104 minutes

Released by IFC Entertainment