Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Iceman (2012)

Director: Ariel Vromen

Starring: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, David Scwimmer, Robert Davi, Stephen Dorff, James Franco, Danny A. Abeckaser, John Ventimiglia

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Loving husband. Devoted father. Ruthless killer.

Plot: The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

What a cast!  Michael Shannon is one of my favorite actors that has cropped up in the past few years.  He's a beast.  Here he's going for that cool, calm, collected and intense vibe and he nails it.  You can tell what's going on inside without much work on his part.  You also get some info from Richard's (Shannon) brother that suggests he could have turned out to be a serial killer if he hadn't become a contract killer for the mob.  It's said that he killed over 100 people during his career.  Even if he did half that, that's a pretty good fucking score.  The supporting cast does a fine job, too.  If it weren't for Chris Evans' voice I wouldn't have recognized him.  It's always great to see Ray Liotta and Robert Davi in pictures.  They should do more.  And both of these guys are aging really well.  While there is a little action, it's mostly a crime drama about a man who loves his wife and kids more than anything else in the world but who also loves his work and does a damn fine job of managing all of it until the end, of course.  Very good flick.  Today is the last day it's playing in the theaters locally so it'll be out soon, I'm sure, to a video outlet source.

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