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This review is from: The Iceman [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The Iceman is the true story of Richard Kuklinski (played by Michael Shannon - Take Shelter) and based on the book of the same name. It details the meteoric rise and fall of Kuklinski's career working for the Mafia.
Starting in 1965, this is a beautifully styled affair, with the clothes the cars and the music to match the New-Jersey based era perfectly. When some Mafiosos knock-off the 'movie' production company Richie is working in, Roy DeMeo (Ray Liotta Goodfellas notices how Richard does not flinch or even sweat with a gun to his head - 'Jesus, this guy is ice-cold' is his observation. Thinking he could use a big guy who is cool under pressure, Roy recruits Richie and soon he is offing people left, right and centre to further Roy's business interests.
With all the money it brings, soon enough Richie starts a family with his wife Deborah (Winona Ryder Black Swan) and moves on in the world. When he meets fellow contract-killer Richard Pronge (played by Chris Evans - Captain America) on a job, the two go in to business together, freezing their bodies to throw the cops off of when and where they were killed - earning him the moniker 'The Iceman' - but with Roy stepping on some toes, can The Iceman's career continue?
The Iceman is an incredibly well shot experience - credit to newcomer director Ariel Vromen and hinges almost entirely on Michael Shannon's excellent performance, sometimes you can almost physically feel the malice in one of his stares. Chris Evans provides some nearly-unrecognisable comic relief as the psychotic business partner - the real achievement here is the 'feel' of the film, it feels like it was filmed a long time ago, rather than present-day. When all of this is wrapped up in a chilling deconstruction of serial killer who was so well measured that not even his family knew the truth, it makes for one excellent mob-film. Highly recommended for Shannon's chilling performance alone.