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The Iceman (2012)

Director:
Ariel Vromen
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Biography/Crime/Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Iceman
RUNNING TIME
105 minutes
Producer:
Ariel Vromen
Ehud Bleiberg
Avi Lerner
Screenwriter (based on a book by Philip Carlo):
Ariel Vromen
Morgan Land


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Richard Kuklinski Michael Shannon
Deborah Kuklinski Winona Ryder
Robert Mr. Freezy Pronge Chris Evans
Roy DeMeo Ray Liotta
Marty Freeman James Franco -
Josh Rosenthal David Schwimmer
Joseph Kuklinski Stephen Dorff
Ellen Erin Cummings -
Leonard Marks Robert Davi
Livi Weronika Rosati -
Mickey Stroll John Ventimiglia -

 

Review

Strong acting elevates this story about the life and times of real-life killer Richard Kuklinski, who supposedly worked as a hitman for the mafia. Michael Shannon's driven, emotionally constrained lead perfomance helps to keep focus away from a somewhat too familiar plot structure and a rather careless handling of the truth in what starts out as a fascinating psychological drama before ultimately moving into stock gangster territory. The filmmakers capture the 1960s and 1970s well with crisp shots and set decorations, but writer/director Ariel Vromen isn't quite able to give his movie distinction and a clear direction. Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta and Robart Davi are all fine in somewhat underdeveloped supporting roles.

Copyright 27.03.2016 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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