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Iceman [Blu-ray] [Import]

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars big disapointment July 21 2013
If you have watched any of the Richard Kuklinsky interviews and read "The Iceman" you will likely find this film to be a big disapointment.
The film follows the life of Kuklinsky starting at the approximate age of 26, and jumps ahead in blocks of 3-10 years at a time. I must point out that Shannon's performance was fantastic and the supporting cast was good but trying to tell the story of the most accomplished hitman in the history of the mafia in under 2 hours left enormous holes in the story and forced the director to leave out critical bits of information that the viewer could appreciate. If they were to release a directors cut that ran 2 1/2 hours, that would interest me.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars well so thats it? June 7 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I follow a lot of true crime and this movie was more about his family life than his role as a hitman. facts were distorted and the casting other than micheal shannon was poor..so yea I can't say that I was impressed..
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"The Iceman"Richard Kuklinsky played by Michael Shannon delivered one searing
performance,of one of the worlds most notorious hit-man for the Mafioso family,but
I don't know if i would like to see more of this man life of mayhem,that actually
killed over one hundred people,now to make a movie of this magnitude would not
be right,this mans life,span twenty odd years of killing,to put some of the family's through
that torture all over again,if they can Stan to watch would be down right rude and very
insensitive,this man had two beautiful daughters and a beautiful wife that cared for him
and trusted him and knew nothing of his other life,now that would hurt to the Bone,there
is some other interview that's on d.v.d with the FBI psychologist that will chill your Bone,
so in retrospect of your review [Gilbert Lesperance]that state if it was 2 1/2 hr. it would
interest you,now what would you like to see more killing seen that,or how about his interview
to get his job seen that,or maybe how he deceived his family seen that,,what else let see how
about some of the faces of the people he killed yes,Oh seen that too,oh how about the street
were he lived and every location where the murders take place,now dose that tickle your fancy,
i will say i've seen this and i will watch again just for the searing performance of M.Shannon.and for
the unrecognized David Schwimmer [Friends] can't forget Chris Evans with that long hair,as Mr.Freezy.
5.1 True HD
1.78 LB.
runtime 105 min.
Special Features.Making of Iceman.The Iceman Behind the Scenes.
Shocking.Extremely Shocking And poignant To Say The Least.
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling and hard-as-nails but riveting May 17 2013
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
"The Iceman" (2013 release; 106 min.; not to be confused with the 1984 movie "Iceman" with Timothy Hutton) brings the true-life story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious New Jersey contract killer with a double life as devoted husband and father. As the movie opens, there is a very short glimpse of a very old Kuklinksi, saying "I don't regret anything", after which we are transported back in time to 1964 when Kuklinski (played by Michael Shannon) is on a date with Debbie (played by Winona Ryder). Debbie asks him what he does and he answers "I do Disney movies" (when in reality we later find out he works as a porn movie manufacturer). It is the beginning of a long double-life. Kuklinski and Debbie get married and soon have two young daughters. Meanwhile, Kuklinski gets involved in dubious dealings that lead him to become a contract killer. To tell you much more of the plot would surely ruin your viewing pleasure, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out,

Several comments: this movie (which in the end credits is shown to be based on the book of the same name, as well as the infamous "Iceman Tapes: Interviews With a Killer") is chilling and hard-as-nails, but ultimately riveting and yes, entertaining. There isn't so much surprise as to the story (since we all pretty much know how it's going to end), but in the circumstances of the story. How was Kuklinski able to have parallel lives in which his family had no idea about his "other life"? Director Ariel Vromen does a great job in giving us clues. About midway into the movie there is a pivotal scene in which we see Kuklinski visiting his younger brother, who it turns out is in jail for murdering a 12 yr. girl. When Kuklinski tells him he now has a wife and 2 daughters, his brother goes ballistic, telling him "you're no better than me, we're screwed up in the head". There is another clutch scene in the movie: Kuklinski, with his family in the car, gets involved in a fender bender, and the other driver insults/threatens his wife, which send Kuklinski over the top (I won't reveal what exactly happens).

The performances in the movie are mostly outstanding, none more so than Michael Shannon, bringing a tour-de-force as we watch him in the role of Kuklinski over a 20 year period (mid-60s to mid-80s). But I was also quite impressed by Winona Ryder, whom I hadn't seen on screen in quite a while. Her role as the clueless but devoted wife and mother is top-notch. Check out also David "Friends" Schwimmer in a smaller role as Josh (another mobster) and James Franco in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo (less than 5 min. screen time). Please note that I did not mention Ray Liotta, I mean, how many more mobster characters can the guy still bring? There was some nice music placement, we hear ELO's "Livin' Thing" during a roller-skating outing of Kuklinski and his family, and later we also get Blondie's "Heart of Glass" in a disco scene where a hit is planned.

Bottom line: this movie flew by in no time for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, more so for the performances than for anything else. There are quite a bit of violent scenes, so this is probably not for anyone faint of heart. This movie showed up this weekend on a single screen for all of Greater Cincinnati, but I must say that, given the subject matter of the movie, I was quite surprised how well attended the screening was when I saw this. If you are in the mood for something gritty and dark with outstanding performances, you cannot go wrong with this. "The Iceman" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No One Could Make This Up May 19 2013
By Jay B. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of those gnarly stories based on real life; Richard Kuklinski's story has to be true, no one could make it up. In this R-rated thriller written and directed by Ariel Vromen, we see what shapes a contract killer, what is important to him and whether or not he holds any values. It's awkward for an audience when we find ourselves in a position to be rooting for a cold-blooded killer, and yet we really do NOT want to see his sweet family jeopardized, so we want him to survive.

The cast:
* Michael Shannon ("Premium Rush" and "Boardwalk Empire") is Richard Kuklinski, our contract killer; he is a limited man with limited options: no education, no charm and no skills (other than lethal ones), so he does the best he can with what he has. Shannon is one of the finest actors working today and this difficult role is worthy of him.
* Winona Ryder ("The Dilemma") is Deborah Pellicotti, the shy Catholic girl who wouldn't even do any heavy petting until she was married. Her devoted husband respected and adored her.
* Chris Evans ("What's Your Number?") is Mr. Freezy, whose ubiquitous ice cream truck moves invisibly through the city. This scraggly haired thug bears NO resemblance to "Captain America" let me tell you!
* Ray Liotta ("The Details") is Roy Demeo, a pornographer/crime lord who tested and then exploited the ice water which ran through Kuklinski's veins.

Because this takes place over a time span of nearly 20 years, you will get a kick out of the different cars, clothes, hair styles and mustaches that enjoyed passing popularity. Also, it's refreshing to see pagers and pay phones instead of the ever-present cell phones in today's world. If you are anything like me, you will appreciate "the rest of the story" which appears during the final credits. You can't like a film like this, but you can be impressed by it. Amazon will notify me when this is available.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Shannon was Incredible! Sept. 19 2013
By K. Bernard - Published on Amazon.com
Before seeing this movie I had read books on the Iceman and had already seen the documentaries on HBO, so when I saw this movie I knew pretty much what to expect from it. That being said, I really enjoyed the movie, however, what shook me the most was the performance by Michael Shannon. He blew me away and nailed his performance. The talent that came out of him was breathtaking. Honestly. I enjoyed seeing Wynona Ryder as his wife, she added such a sweet appearance to his home life. Ray Liotta fit perfectly. Chris Evans surprised my husband and I as we are watching the movie I am commenting how nasty (looking) his character is and my husband says he looks so familiar, then after the movie we realize it's Chris Evans (aka Captain American) and got such a kick out of it. It really was a great cast! I found the move to be very enjoyable and being based on a true story made me enjoy it even more.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not asking for forgiveness and I'm not repenting May 21 2013
By Mickey Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Stephen Dorff, and David Schwimmer like you've never seen him before, lead a first-rate cast in this dark attempt to bring the true story of Jersey City-bred mob contract killer Richard "Iceman" Kuklinski to the big screen and almost succeeds. Yeah, there's a few minor flaws here. The first mistake is one that I would consider to be debatable - using Anthony Bruno's book as a key reference instead of the late Philip Carlo's. IMO Carlo's was superior to the former. The second being a somewhat sketchy plot. For those who don't know, Kuklinski (Shannon) was a killer living in Bergen County and worked in the porn business before doing contract killings for Roy Demeo (Liotta) of a Brooklyn faction in the Gambino Family. An awesome cameo from Stephen Dorff as Richard's deranged child rapist/murderer brother Joe Kuklinski is spot-on, and Shannon's dead-on impersonation of Kuklinski's HBO interviews is chilling. Schwimmer is hilariously sleazy as Josh Rosenthal (character's real name was Chris Rosenberg, Demeo's "adopted son") Oh, and there's a terrific scene in a disco, involving John Ventimiglia (Artie Bucco from Sopranos), with Blondie's 'Heart of Glass' blasting in the backround, that you have to see to believe.

3 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling Look at a Hit Man Dec 19 2013
By Eric Sanberg - Published on Amazon.com
Michael Shannon seems on a rise with no stopping him. Even in movies he's been in that might not have been the best movie, he's always been good. This is one of his better films.

Here's the scoop. Shannon plays Richard Kuklinski. He works at a lab finishing adult movies. The big guy who owns said lab and adult film distributor (Ray Liotta) is closing the lab but sees something in Kuklinski and wants to bring him on as a hit man. Kuklinski is just now getting married (to Winona Ryder) and can use the dough. He accepts and does the job while dabbling in various markets on the side. Things begin to go south and the law starts closing in on him.

This is a heck of a flick. The writing, acting, directing and music are all on par with the content. Shannon does an outstanding job. When he visits his brother in prison you realize he's a man on the edge. To him, killing is a job. If someone wants someone dead "who am I to argue" is his rationale. But he loves his wife and two daughters, so when their safety is compromised, his "job" gives way to his true nature. He is one sick dude and will kill anyone he needs to to hold on to that tiny thread of sanity.

Robert Davi, Ray Liotta all do a good job. The real surprise is David Schwimmer as Liotta's underling. This has been his best effort in breaking away form his Ross persona.

This is an good examination of a man who has reportedly killed more than 100 people. It's a good story with a great performance at its core.
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