Seven Psychopaths 2012

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Irish filmmaker Martin McDonagh writes and directs this crime caper. Colin Farrell leads the cast as Marty, a struggling screenwriter who finds himself entangled with the least desirable elements of the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his best friend Billy Bickle (Sam Rockwell) carries out an ill-fated dognapping scheme, stealing a Shih Tzu belonging to sadistic criminal kingpin Charlie Costello (Woody Harrelson). Christopher Walken, Tom Waits and Abbie Cornish co-star.

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Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 50 minutes
Starring Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Colin Farrell
Director Martin McDonagh
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 15 April 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 50 minutes
Starring Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Christopher Walken
Director Martin McDonagh
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 15 April 2013
Main languages English

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 April 2013
Format: DVD
Hans played by Christopher Walken is one of the surprises of this film, wry, iconic, and full of irony. He realizes before we do that 'psychopaths get tiring, ya know'? By the end of the film we know and agree.

Marty played so well by Colin Farrell is a writer in Hollywood, with, what else, writer's block,and a little bit of alcoholism. His character is a derived version of his 'In Bruges' character, well developed and filled with such self revelation and dry humor. His friend, Billy Bickell ( you figure out where you heard this name before), is trying to help Marty with his block, and places an ad in the paper requesting psychopaths who want to tell their story. Marty has titled his script '7 Psychopaths', so this ad is helpful, right? To our surprise Tom Waits shows up with a white rabbit in his arms to tell hs story. And, then, on we go. Animals play a big part in this film, as does violence, blood, gore, guns and all around craziness. The actors in this film are amazing, Woody Harrelson, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Waits, Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell and many more. Martin Mcdonaugh, is the director, (In Bruges).
You won't be disappointed, but I do wish the level of violence was less, it would suit the mood.

Recommended 04-12-13
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Trow21 on 28 Mar 2013
Format: DVD
From In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh, comes another brilliant movie. A story, this time about a screenwriter (also called Martin) stuck on a film script for which he just has a title and one character. In his desperation for inspiration he starts to use some of the ideas from his low-life actor/dog-napper friend Billy. This relationship develops, as Martin continues to fail to get his own ideas, and Billy becomes more desperate to help, we join them on a trip where life imitates art, art imitates life, and so on, until the boundaries between the 2 are satisfyingly lost.

This is not the first film about writers block, nor the first about meta-fiction, but it's just as good as anything I've seen, if not better. The cast is fantastic, the dialogue is great, and, I laughed till it hurt. The parts seem to be bespoke for the actors, with a lot of parody aimed at the players, McDonagh himself, and not least, Hollywood. The standard gangster film is dissected, prodded and probed, then reconstructed into an hilarious, loveable caricature.

I'm a huge fan of Tarrantino, the Coens, and Charlie Kauffman, this guy McDonagh rocks up and nonchalantly walks through their turf. I'm pretty territorial when people offer pale imitations of these demi-god directors but, this guy belongs here. I'm happy to say there seems to be another director on whom I can rely not to follow the standard model but instead serve up something a lot more intriguing and original.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 21 Jan 2014
Format: Blu-ray
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu....

After the wonderful In Bruges, Martin McDonagh had something to contend with in his follow up. and while the movie is funny and very clever in some aspects, sometimes it's almost too clever for it's own good and becomes a little pretentious.

Farrel again is amazing as the lead, and it proves that after a little absence from the big screen, he is still brilliant, despite the quality of the film he's in.

And it's strange, because he's the most normal character in the film, and this is the other films weak point. The bizarreness of characters has become tiresome of late, and the novelty has worn off something rotten.

Fifteen years ago, if this was released, the poster would have adorned every students wall, and the film would have become a cult icon, and lines would be quoted forever and a day.

But it's 2013, and irony and referencing is an everyday thing, so Sam Rockwell screeching and Woody Harrelson crying about a dog, just doesn't cut it anymore.

The script is good, and some of the sub characters really grip, Cornish and Waits are two prime examples, but are hardly in it.

If you are expecting a Tarantino type movie, with blistering dialogue and conversation, this way over stretched the mark.

But if you want to see something a little kooky that reminded you of being a student during the nineties, seek this out and enjoy the nostalgia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 6 Aug 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Martin McDonagh has delivered another oddball comedy that relies on strong characters whose personalities appear to cause the plot, rather than the usual structure you get with Hollywood films where they just seem to be 'IN' a plot.
Farrell is a writer struggling to get his screenplay moving until interfering and unstable friend Billy (Rockwell) steps in to help him with his research. It doesn't help that Billy's friend Hans (Walken) kidnaps dogs for a living, nor that they've just angered Woody Harrelson's irrational gangster by stealing his Shih Tzu.
Anyone who saw In Bruges knows that much of McDonagh's screenplays consists of brilliantly pitched dialogue and character behaviour, so suffice it to say that here they get a lot more of the same, and if anything it is to an even higher quality. People who prefer a little less talking and a little more action in their movies might find this tiresome. Those happier to coast along with it and see where it takes them will enjoy this strange, almost slightly 'indie' feeling little gem of characterisation and oddball behaviour. It's a little uneven, and moments of genuine threat seem to sit uneasily next to moments of daft absurdity, but it kind of feels like that's the point.
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