The Irishman – featured on Netflix – tells the story of Frank Sheeran (played by Robert De Niro), a truck driver who finds his way into the Pennsylvania mafia where he becomes the top hit man.

The film masterfully connects Frank to some of the major events of the 1950s and 60s including but not limited to the election and assassination of John F Kennedy, the construction of Las Vegas, and the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa (the president of an American labour union who had ties to organized crime).

As I watched the film, the verse from scripture “He who lives by the sword dies by the sword” continually came to mind.  Martin Scorsese, the director of the film, shows the audience the dramatic ends of all those who pursue a life of organized crime.

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