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The Iceman

The Iceman

05 Jul, 2013
1 hrs 46 mins
11 votes
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Inspired by actual events, The Iceman follows notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon) from his early days in the mob until his arrest for the murder of more than 100 men.
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The film gives a disturbing account of Kuklinski`s life from being a porn distributor to becoming one of the most diabolical contract killers in American history. Since he kept his family in the dark, they continued to live off his blood money until he got arrested in 1986 in an undercover operation. How he led a double life all those years - by playing a doting family man and a cold-blooded killer - is what forms the story. The Iceman is grim, dark and gritty. A certain sense of paranoia engulfs the proceedings, which helps build the psychological tension. Vromen manages to capture the period setting required. The background score is unsettling and does complete justice to the film`s creepy theme. Michael Shannon is outstanding as the devilishly smooth deadpan psychopath, as passionate about the wellbeing of his family as about staring at his victims before he brutally murdered them. He gives a solid performance as the soulless, unsmiling man who solely cared for his family and had no qualms about confessing he felt that way, either. Shannon arrests your attention and sends shivers down your spine with his impeccable portrayal, especially in scenes where he struggles to hide his inner monster from his family. However, the film becomes sluggish after a while as the script relies heavily on Shannon`s acting. The story runs out of steam as you sit through a series of generic mafia wars and killings. The scenes start looking repetitive and events monotonous. Fortunately, it all culminates in a gripping climax. ...Read full review
The Iceman has a thundering, scene stealing performance from Michael Shannon to propel it, for some that may be enough to warrant a movie ticket. For others who have already seen all the popular films about gangsters this movie would be a clichd failure. Music video director Ariel Vromen and his writer Morgan Land borrow every single mob boss film trope available to chart this film, a disappointing decision given the excellent production design and leading star. The film chronicles the real-life story of Richard Kuklinski, a Polish American mobster who murdered more than a hundred people in the `70s and `80s and was called The Iceman because he kept his victims` body parts in a freezer. ...Read full review
Less than a month since we saw him clashing with Superman in Man of Steel, Michael Shannon returns to the screen, playing another creepy bad guy in The Iceman. The actor delivers a suitably chilling performance as real-life New Jersey hitman Richard Kuklinski, who is believed to have killed more than 100 people in the 60s and 70s before being carted off to prison. Kuklinski`s modus operandi of killing his targets, then freezing them and storing them so it becomes impossible to determine the date and time of their death earned him that infamous nickname from which the film gets its title. But that isn`t even the reason he was such a curious figure. ...Read full review