Saturday, August 24, 2013

Kill the Irishman (2011)

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh

Starring: Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Linda Cardellini, Tony Darro, Robert Davi, Vinnie Jones, Tony Lo Bianco, Paul Sorvino

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Based on the true story of Danny Greene the man the mob couldn't kill

Plot: The true story of Danny Greene, an impoverished but charismatic young Irish-American who rises to power as president of the longshoreman's local union and is charged with corruption but evades serious jail time by becoming an FBI informant. With fearless nerve he joins forces with a Mafia gangster to rise to power in Cleveland's underworld, gaining the reputation of a Robin Hood-like figure with nine lives as he escapes countless assassination attempts.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

As a big fan of Ray Stevenson, I'll watch anything he does so this is a no brainer.  That it's also got Paul Sorvino, Christopher Walken, Robert Davi, Tony Lo Bianco and Vinnie Jones is just five layers of icing on the cake.  It's got that GOODFELLAS (1990) vibe in the opening and then it becomes its own thing.  It's not exactly compelling.  It lacks that certain something that grabs you by the short and curlies and doesn't let go.  That's not to say it isn't interesting or good.  No, it is.  The cast does a fine job and the pacing of this thing is fast.  There's little bits of action all through it and Stevenson as Greene is very likable and fun.  I liked the use of actual 1970s local news coverage used throughout the picture.  It's just one more layer the film makers used to evoke the time period and that this shit was really going down.  In 1976, there were 36 bombings in Cleveland!!!  Can you imagine how that would go down today?  A lot's happened in forty years.  IRISHMAN is a good action thriller timepiece that's worth your attention.  The biggest crime here is that i just realized I haven't seen GOODFELLAS, one of my all time favorite movies, since I started this blog in 2007.

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