|The Iceman (USA; 103 min.)
directed by: Ariel Vroman
starring: Michael Shannon; James Franco; Chris Evans; Ray Liotta; Winona Ryder; David Schwimmer; Stephen Dorff
|Thom says: "This is
a nasty little film that certainly knows how to entertain once you get
past the content. I've never seen any of Vroman's previous output but I
can say he's done a very professional job here. Shannon is a perfect
choice to play Richard Kuklinski a famous mob contract killer who
moonlights as a serious family man in New Jersey. Shannon superbly puts
the psychopath clearly in context. And what a cast he has to work with.
Ferocious Franco creates a pitiful lowlife gangster fuck-up & Evans
is unrecognizable as another scary hit man who works out of an
ice-cream truck for kiddies. It's not quite up to GOODFELLAS level, but
it's still a quality gangster film. It was nice seeing Ryder back in
the saddle with a meaty role as Kuklinski's long-suffering wife. 4 cats
“Director Vroman and star Shannon were at pre & post-film on stage antics."