The Iceman Review
Ryan Revolver


Unbeknownst to his wife Deborah (Winona Ryder), Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) provides for her and their two daughters as a contract killer.


Based on a true story, The Iceman exhibits the natural ability of Michael Shannon to be the scariest calm person acting today. The guy is just scary walking off a bus for chrissake. Shannon shows a killer’s response that is the opposite of Joe Pesci. He is cold & calculating, and will getcha’ later.


I can’t think of a movie off the top of my head from recent years where a hitman’s personal life is displayed more than his professional (or the hitman just doesn’t have a personal life). Kuklinkski has friends as well as an on/off switch when he goes to his suburban home. The New Jersey devil doesn’t stay that way as the years go by-and he gains unwanted stress from unforeseen bumps in his career. The second half of the film is where Ryder properly added drama on the rise to the climax. Ray Liotta walked over from the set of Killing Them Softly as Roy Demeo, Shannon’s mob boss. At first I didn’t recognize Chris Evans or David Schwimmer thanks to the hair & makeup department. It wasn’t until I heard both of them talk that I made the connection. Don’t judge me, I am trying to avoid movie trailers at all cost. They force me to judge & overanalyze a film beforehand. The formation of a partnership with Evans gave Shannon more skills to put on his resume. I liked The Iceman because even with the opening shot of an incarcerated Shannon I didn’t know where it was going to go. Why anyone would want to stiff a cold as ice killer is beyond me, especially after finding out why the media gives Kuklinski his nickname.


The Iceman - ★★★

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