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: ✮✮✮
Good subject, but fumbles in a screenplay that slips into melodrama with a 'family man' element, diluting the insight and coldness of the real-life hitman who was a sociopath. Director Ariel Vromen gives much more verve and finesse in his directing than the narrative that often feels repetitive and heavy-handed, while Shannon fits the role well, even if it's his traditional typecast bit. Iceman is shiny genericism.
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).
Read the book instead, this film has nothing on it. They made this film a 15? This could have been the scariest film in a long time cos the man was horrific. He fed people alive to rats for money for Christ sake (and enjoyed it). I only watched half cos it was so boring, doesn't matter what actors you use if you're not gonna portray it as grim as it was.