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The Iceman [Blu-ray]
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Ariel Vromen directs this gritty biopic tracing the career of New York contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon). After convincing his Catholic wife Deborah Pellicotti (Winona Ryder) that he works for Disney when he in fact produces porn videos, Polish-American Kuklinski soon finds himself on the payroll of local mobster Roy Demeo (Ray Liotta) as an 'enforcer'. As he warms to his new role amidst the New Jersey underworld, despatching 'contracts' with clinical precision, a striking contrast begins to build between that of the outwardly devoted family man and the ruthlessly efficient, emotionless killer.
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The interesting part of the film is in the aspect of 'Does Kuklinski genuinely love his wife and two daughters? how can he with all these cold blooded murders behind him..
To that the director and script writers do not necessarily do justice to the rationale and psyche of the man..though perhaps thats the point..you can never really explore such evil.which makes the ending even more of a mind boggler as thats the most touching and profound part. The film is not really given time to breathe though which was a concern and is heavily edited and feels rushed at points with big time jumps and strange continuity.
Shannon holds the whole of the film together and doesn't lose his grip. Richard Kuklinski seems tailor made for Shannon, an actor who on the screen and stage has proven his complete expertise with actualizing individuals verging on complete mental instability. He truly is mesmerizing and assured in this film and fast becoming a fave actor of mine. intensity levels are at maximum with Shannon.
A who's who of actors past and present make for some minor chuckles. David Schwimmer's tracksuits and pony-tail being of considerable jesting value. Oh and Agent Johnson from Die Hard makes an appearance. No, not him, the other one.
There are better films of this nature out there and as a bio-pic The Iceman just about gets by in a matter of a fact way.Read more ›
The story is told at a reasonable pace, there is a stark contrast between Kuklinski the family man and Kuklinski the killer. There is plenty of violence as you would expect, but it is stylistically done and not graphic or gory. The film is well acted with a great cast, Winona Ryder in particular is excellent.
This film is not as suspense filled or action packed as some films I watch, but I did not feel that it dragged, I had read about Kuklinski before watching so I had an idea of what to expect. I thought it was a fascinating look at his life and an era gone by but not that long ago. If you enjoy mobster movies and/or biopics, this is a good, solid film.
The film is gritty, but doesn't offer the action of a fictional production. Richard lived a quiet life and didn't flaunt his wealth, a simple requirement for someone to be a long term hitman. By the end of the film, you start to sympathize with the Iceman. On the negative side, I was really expecting accents from the folks in New Jersey. Winona Ryder sounded more like she was from Ohio, as did most of the cast.
Realistic film. Worth viewing as a history or as crime drama.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. Brief sex and nudity.
The story follows the life of Richard Kuklinski who works in a porn lab till he is discovered by the local mob boss played in usual menacing style by Ray Liotta and recruited as a stone cold killer. Michael Shannon is so convincing in the role that it is hard to imagine him playing anything else. The real Kuklinski is believed to have killed over a hundred people but the death toll in this film is a lot lower.
Watch out for Chris Evans and David Schwimmer playing well out of their normal fields and doing a great job of it.
You'll probably enjoy this most if you're into organised crime dramas.
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The trailer left me thinking it was going to be "fun". Oh boy. No. It was beautifully shot and put together with a stellar cast and a very atmospheric score but... Read morePublished 3 months ago by TK
Absolutely brilliant , very impressed with this movie I love Michael Shannon as a actor especially when his playing a roll like this where he play's a contract killer for the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer