The Iceman started off okay, but I'm guessing the smaller budget lead to the overall claustrophobic and undeveloped feeling of the movie. Michael Shannon alone is with the watch but Chris Evans was also kind of entertaining. Kind of disappointing otherwise...
Michael Shannon is playing a solid role, but quoting LWL, "the film feels more like a mob movie pastiche than a dramatisation of the life of America’s most notorious hitman... " - could not agree more: ✮✮✮
A good example of a mediocre film made watchable by an electric main performance. Fussy editing, predictable scoring and so-so supporting performances aside, Shannon gives everything as a man struggling -and generally failing- to contain his "anger management issues"; the snake-like, vengeful eyes have it.
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).
It's an alright story, it's just so similar to every other 70's-era organized crime film and nothing separates it from the pack except that it teaches you a piece of actual, but insignificant, history. Michael Shannon does a fine job, but the role didn't challenge him much since I've never seen that guy not have an ice cold demeanor. Chris Evans' small role is amazing, and is the only reason I'd recommend it.
You'd think this one would be pretty solid since the source material is fascinating and Michael Shannon does creepy/weird very well, but this one is pretty boring. It's obvious that the movie covers at least 10-20 years, but the time jumps are edited in a way that the shifts could've been 2 years or 2 months.
I understand you have to make Kuklinski a watchable kind of serial killer but the "family man doing it for an honest days pay" shit is so far off of what he was. The man was a dog, no two ways about it. The screenplay is off and Vromen brings little to the table behind the camera. Vromen did acquire an impressive cast and all of them do good work.