"“…Full of violence, romance, and platform boots. What more could you possibly want?”"

Maybe it’s the Italian swagger, or maybe it’s the elegant, stylish 1970’s fashion, but Angels of Evil is one damn cool movie.

Based on a true story, the film is set mostly in Milan, telling the tale of notorious Italian crime lord Renato Vallanzasca (Kim Rossi Stuart). The modish criminal, famous for his series of bank robberies, amongst various other criminal acts, was as nonchalant as he was unlawful, and as fashionable as he was prohibited. He managed to commit crimes and kill people – whilst obtaining a growing number of single women, desperately attracted to the convict, as he took on an almost celebrity status.

Amongst a group of fellow kleptomaniacs, Vallanzasca and his trustworthy colleagues rob banks, take innocent civilians hostage and kill police officers. And, despite being caught on more than one occasion, Vallanzasca had a tendency of escaping prison, even in the tightest of situations.

The film is in a quite similar vein to that of ‘Bronson’, the biopic of infamous British criminal Charles Bronson. And, despite my thorough enjoyment of the said feature, Angels of Evil just has more class and grace. Much of this is down to the setting of the film. Unlike Bronson, Vallanzasca was committing crimes in Milan and Rome, as opposed to Mid-Wales, and Hull.

The film’s classy style is mostly owed to its appearance. The setting, the clothes, the hairstyles, and then of course the guns, make for a chic film which looks fantastic on the big-screen. And fortunately for director Michele Placido, the story matches the setting.

Vallanzasca is a fascinating person, as, despite being deceitful and treacherous, he was likeable, and his dangerous criminal acts were made much more acceptable due to his ability to come across as a cheeky rogue, who seemed to tiptoe his way around peril, precariously yet gracefully.

Credit for this must go to the brilliant performance by Rossi Stuart. Attractive and fashionable, he is not your usual criminal type. Yet he manages to perfect the ability to look this way yet seem relentlessly dangerous. Behind his eyes there is anguish and the ability to kill. To get this right is a great accomplishment by the actor.

Talking of which, there is one actor in the film who has a haunting face like no-other. The character Donato, played by Lorenzo Gleijeses, in what is a somewhat cameo role as a prisoner serving time alongside Vallanzasca, plays a creepy and sinister part. Maybe it’s just me, but the actors face just didn’t settle well with me. It’s the stuff nightmares are made of.

Aside from that, which, if anything was another positive to the film, adding slight trepidation to the otherwise alluring feature - it’s simply a compelling film – stylish looking, action-packed and full of violence, romance, and platform boots. What more could you possibly want?