A 2012 crime thriller, The Iceman is based on true events that took place in the 60’s, 70’s, and early 80’s, focusing on one man in particular and his ability to kill by day and love his family by night. Even the coldest of hearts have a weak spot.
Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) was in the simple business of dubbing porno films (which he hides from his family by saying he dubs films for Disney) when a crime boss, Roy DeMeo (Ray Liotta) shuts down the porn business. Left with not much of a choice, Richard is lured in by Roy to work for him as a hitman.
Evaluation: Michael Shannon and Ray Liotta are excellent actors and were absolutely perfect for these roles. There are plenty of other names I can think of that could have done well, but one thing is for sure, casting for this film was definitely a key for success. And to speak to the setting for a moment, it wasn’t like they had much choice considering this is based on a true story, but there is a right way and a wrong way to capture an “older” setting, and they did fantastic doing this with the 60’s – 80’s era.
It takes a certain kind of person to do the things that Richard Kuklinski did, and the movie really helps the viewer understand how he was able to kill people so easily, even if he personally had nothing against them. Psychotic, mentally ill, call it what you will, but Richard had some issues that are clearly indicated in the film. We also see how much of a struggle it was for him to keep things from his family, both his work/lifestyle, and his anger issues.
Abstract Rating: 90% It may be your typical true story like movies based on John Gacy, or Jeffrey Dahmer, but bringing these stories to life through the art of cinema really makes it easier to understand more about these names in history and better visualize the terror that they brought to this world.
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