Another great acting turn for the always superb Michael Shannon, some stunning intense moments from the ice-blue eyes of Ray Liotta, a truly icky potrayel by Chris Evans and David Schwimmer and Winona Ryder maybe giving some of the best moments of their careers, still none of this makes Ariel Vromenâ€™s The Iceman worth seeing sorry to say.
There was a very scary documentary I loved as much as was repelled by that first introduced me to Richard Kuklinksi, The Iceman, a mob hit man who lived with his family for years a mere twenty minutes from my house. (Putting his victims on ice after he killed them with various methods, time of death was harder to determine). This movie doesnâ€™t really provide anymore facts than I already knew but I was hoping, as it was a fictionalized account of this truly mysterious man, that maybe Iâ€™d come to find some sympathy for Kuklinksi. But I never cared about the guy, never felt his family was in jeopardy even when they started to be.
With a dude as nasty as Kuklinski, you never get to see past the one dimension of the man. Iâ€™m not saying Shannon doesnâ€™t do a masterful job here but I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s much behind this guy in the first place, nothing to make him interesting really (beyond of course what he does for a living). And maybe because of this, in the end a documentary is all we really need.
The Iceman opens in theaters May 3, 2013.