The Iceman is the true story of Richard Kuklinski: loving husband, devoted father, ruthless killer. He is believed to have killed more than 250 people between 1954 and 1985. –TIFF
The director's confused intentions aside, The Iceman smolders with intensity and brutality. Michael Shannon is otherworldly and cold-blooded; one of the best performers of our time. The cinematography was dark and brooding, and the production design was gorgeous as well. A great film that was much bigger than its director, who nearly let key moments slip into cliché territory (Ray Liotta, for example, was hammy).
I saw this last night at TIFF, the cast raised the bar on what would have otherwise been just a by the numbers "based on a true story" crime film. Those familiar with the Kluklinski HBO documentaries will find that the motivations, although slightly touched on, were lacking in painting a full picture of the Iceman despite Michael Shannon's solid performance. The 70s style cinematography was also another high point.