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Plot: In the 1960s, Richard Kuklinski is working as a porn film lab tech until his mob bosses persuade him to change his career into that of a contract killer. For years, Kuklinski gains a reputation for cold blooded professionalism even as he raises a family who are kept in the dark about his true career. Unfortunately, mob politics ultimately forces him to secretly work independently with the psychopathic Robert 'Mr. Freezy' Pronge. As much as Kuklinski tries to keep his lives separate, circumstances and his own weaknesses threaten a terrible collision as the consequences of his choices finally catch up to him. Runtime: mins Release Date: 04 Jul 2012
Having read and seen the documentary about The Iceman I was a little scared that they would have gone all Hollywood on it but I was pleasantly surprised.A few details of his life were not accurate, but the movie does not focus on that anyhow. What it did do, was to show the man as what I would have imagined him as. Anyone that has seen the movie I'd recommend that you google the documentary about him. In the final scene of the movie Michael Shannon manages to catch his persona insanely well. Almost gave me the chills how well he acted in the last scene, not to say the whole movie.Hands <more>
down one of the best depicted movies on a real world person. And if you haven't seen the documentary watch it first, it won't spoil the movie but it will give you a reference point on the man.
Shannon's intensity made the film for me! (by RevRonster)
Man, I really liked this movie. The story is just awesome. How much of it is actually true because we all know Hollywood LOVES to take liberties with the "based on a true story" films ? I don't know but watching the film version of famed contract killer Richard Kuklinski really made for a raw, gritty film that I really enjoyed.The film can be a little hard to handle as the story will make huge leaps in time while telling Kuklinski's story but this never bothered me at all. The one thing I loved above all else with this one is the acting. The movie offers up some actors <more>
taking up roles you never thought they would take and do them well like David Schwimmer and Chris Evans and, yes, Ray Liotta is once again playing a mobster but he does it so well.The stand out, of course, was Michael Shannon. I think Shannon is one of the best actors of this generation and he keeps proving it to me with the intensity he brings to every role he plays. The level he brought to this role was so intense that my inanimate television was on the verge of cowering in fear from the man. There was a reason they called Kuklinski The Iceman and Shannon did a perfect job of living up to the famed killer's nickname.Some may have issues with the film but, from my perspective, there was none to see or even acknowledge. I loved this film!
If you enjoy true stories and mob flicks this is a must see, I have told all of my friends about it. Takes you through 1970ish to 1990 NY. A sociopath working pirating porn films for the neighborhood gangster gets involved with another gangster to become a hit-man while he is killing people on the side that make him angry. He meets a nice Italian Catholic girl, marries her and they start a family, daughters. He separates his family from his work, they think he is in currency exchange investing, by day he is murdering and disposing of bodies and in the evening he is home as a loving father and <more>
husband. He murdered over 100 people over two decades.Taken from the HBO interview of Richard done around 2002. They left some things out of the script, like the fact he was a brutally abusive husband and also had a son. The movie is not about his family, it is about his "career". Michael Shannon, I feel, is a phenomenal actor and plays this part scarily well. He was Ritchie K. Excellent bio pic, not for kids and very little gore.
Michael Shannon performs with such magnetic power that one can't keep from looking at the screen and wondering just how lethal his next move is going to be. His acting is so powerful it keeps drawing us closer, even though the nature of his character and his actions are repulsive and deplorable. Yet there is another side, barely hinted at that shows his humanity, and with his interaction and support of his devoted wife, beautifully played by Wynona Ryder, we wonder what makes him tick.He is a professional and ruthless assassin, one of the best in his field. Through complications in his <more>
associations, he finds himself the target of his superiors and because of domestic obligations he reneges in his contract, which complicates matters even more. Incredibly, this might generate a little sympathy from the audience because we don't want him to fall so quickly. We know this will ultimately happen, but this type of character deserves to at least, overcome and few obstacles."The Iceman" resembles other gangster sagas which have been embellished and mythologized since their release. In reality, this film might be more accurate in their portrayal because these are not very nice individual. As played by Shannon, his hit-man has a cold soul which at times unleashes so much hate and destruction, he endangers the lives of his loved ones, and in a truly spine chilling moment, he reveals his lack of regret, with one exception. I was very impressed by Liotta, giving us so much more in a few minutes than all he did in "Goodfellas". He must be better because Shannon is indeed as perfect an actor as he can be here, giving us so much with his glances, his stares, his voice, not wasting a single part of his body to create a truly frightening monster, not a special effect wonder, one peg in a machinery stressing camera moves. In fact, the camera follows him and never stops focusing on him. He might interact with different people, but this is his story, and it is his actions that attract and repel us.There are many great parts in the film, and some of them don't have anything violent in them, but it is the specter of the potentially explosive nature of Shannon's reactions that create a tension which doesn't appear in other pictures of this type. In those family life is so wonderful to provide contrast to the horrors of crime and its imminent poisoning and destruction of the innocent. There is a chilling moment at the end of "The Godfathers I and II" when Michael has surrendered to the dark forces. Here, one single comment, one careless look, one direct or indirect attack can provoke a reaction that is bound to leave a few bodies on the screen and keep us in a state of constant tension. "The Iceman" is outstanding and powerful film making, and if there is justice out there, Shannon should at least get his due for a masterful job.
The Iceman was an amazing, gritty, and gruesome movie that portrays death unlike other films. Michael Shannon continues to showcase his acting prowess as Richard Kuklinski. As Kuklinski continues to kill he becomes increasingly addicted by his gruesome actions, and like most addicts Kuklinski has masterfully concealed his secret life from his loved ones. But unlike other psychopathic killers, Kiklinski is motivated by a basic human trait, which is to support his family. Although being a hit-man is not an ideal profession, it does have a huge cash reward.The movie does an excellent job <more>
portraying Kuklinski's tragic dilemma and to top things off Shannon's chilling performance glued me to the edge of my sofa. But this film does have some faults. Some of the secondary characters are a bit shallow and some scenes tend to drag on a little bit. But these are just little knit picks to an overall outstanding movie.
One of the best movies I've seen in a while. (by lasooannie)
I discovered this movie while watching another. The preview of The Iceman was screened on a DVD that I had rented and the preview certainly made me sit up and pay attention. I thought to myself "I must see this" so a week later I rented The Iceman and was certainly impressed. This movie is one of the best I've seen in a long time. I'd never heard of Richard Kuklinski before, but his story was very intriguing. Michael Shannon's performance of Kuklinski is Oscar worthy. The cold, icy demeanour that he displays when around his victims and criminal associates makes you <more>
forget that he is an actor just playing a role. Shannon steals pretty much every scene that he is in even when he is in the presence of veterans like Liotta. Winona Ryder's performance is also very good and could possibly earn her an Oscar nod.This movie had me riveted from start to finish. If you are looking for a good drama to sink your teeth into, I can definitely recommend "The Iceman".
Michael Shannon should get at least an Academy Award for his performance in this movie. This guy can act and you lose the person and totally see the characters he portrays. Reminds me of Daniel Day Lewis.Anyway, I had never heard of this Kuklinsky person and it was interesting to see his story. The multiplicity of his lifestyle had to be a killer no pun intended to live out. I don't know of many actors who could go from one to the other so effortlessly. From cold-hearted killer to nice person to ragging man to loving husband and father. Michael Shannon can do this well. And those subtle <more>
expressions of his! They're great. Icy. Kind. Murderous.I'm not a fan of Winona Ryder but I liked her portrayal of the Mrs. in this movie. She was believable and really had the suffering wife thing down.While leaving the movie I ran into a gentleman who had watched the actual documentary of Kuklinsky's life and he said the movie was a good portrayal of the facts. That is a good thing to hear because this kind of story like lends itself to Hollywood sensationalism. And while some of that may have happened, it was a good movie about a bad man. Did I feel sorry for Kuklinsky at the end? Yes...well actually it was pity that I felt.
A great story ruined!?!? OR did we or just me expect too much??? (by Julian0922)
I had to drive over 70miles one way to watch this movie and was it worth it? Hard to say if one watched "the iceman tapes" from HBO. To me personally it was disappointing, but I probably expected way too much. So lower your expectations and you will have a nice evening in the cinema. Shannon is great, superb, I guess nobody could have played him better, but the editing, the storytelling is very abrupt and a bit too edgy. Its not a good fellas, its not even close to it, don't expect even a mob flick. Its an OK movie that had so much more potential. YET it is still worth watching <more>
since you don't see movies like that nowadays very often. The potential of the story would have been an 11, this movie is a 7 with an extra point for Shannons performance. And in relevance I should mention that I would give broken city a 3.5, gangster squad a 4.5, so I guess people who watch this movie with not so high expectations will love it! PS. No "the iceman" did NOT got his nick because he was so cold, like another reviewer wrote, but because he froze a body for two years. The officials gave him then that name. All this is well known through the "iceman tapes".
The Iceman a biopic based on New Jersey hit-man Richard Kuklinski who managed to murder at least 100 and possibly up to 250 victims in a span of almost 40 years.Michael Shannon giving a strong performance as the hit-man with the calculating and creepy demeanor of a psychopathic killer with no conscience who can still flip the switch back to his life in the suburbs with wife and kids. Yet a shade of subtlety and pathos in his portrayal of Kuklinski that we can actually identify and take some interest in his struggles. With the exception of Winona Ryder who fits seamlessly as naive suburban <more>
housewife and the 2 daughters very unlikely to feel sympathy for the victims with the exception of one senseless killing. Mostly wiseguys, mostly scumbags. We're not all that mad at Kuklinski for the nasty stuff he's doing. Ray Liotta a can't miss as a minor mob boss, all the acting first rate and the characters real. But the Iceman story is told without ice and without chasers, a gangster flick without sentiments real or phony thrown in. Viewers hoping to draw insights or conclusions from all the dead bodies might end up disappointed. The 'Iceman' moniker from his practice of freezing bodies to confuse the time of death.My biggest question for Kuklinski would be, how do you get away with so many murders, so many different methods, places, people over a span of almost 40 years? In the true crime shows the perp makes one little slip in his only perfect crime and ends up in the slam.The movie is what it is because I don't think there's all that much complex or new in a Kuklinski to learn. Abused growing up, turns to sociopathic super bully behavior as an adult to get what he wants and to survive. No genius but smart enough to know when to turn it down out in the suburbs. Kuklinski was an usher at mass every Sunday. They should have included that in the movie.