Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Before 'Age of Ultron': The Iceman (2012)

What do you know- another good Movie!  Today's Film is The Iceman, a 2012 True Crime Film.  It is not to be confused with the recent Film from China called Iceman.  It is also not to be confused with the Marvel Comics Character currently controlled by Fox Studios.  That's not to say that there isn't a Comic Book connection here.  The Film Stars Michael Shannon, an intense Actor known well for his portrayal of 'Zod' in Man of Steel.  On top of that, Chris Evans- aka The Human Torch from The Fantastic Four Films and Captain America from 4 Films (so far)- appears in this one.  On a more minor note, James Franco appears in one Scene and he did the same in The Green Hornet.  What is the Film actually about though?  It is the Story of a Contract Killer for the Mob through the 1970s and 80s.  Shannon is really intense here, even by his own standards.  How good is this one?  Well, it is good enough for me to have to try to make something funny out of it.  Let's see how that turns out...
Shannon is Richard Kuklinski, a man working a lowly-job for a Mobster until he proves himself.
When he does, he becomes a Contract Killer.  He...seems way too calm about this, hence the name.
Seriously, he doesn't even question anything!  He won't kill women or children though.  Yea, I guess.
Hey look- James Franco.  I won't SPOIL things...but don't get too used to him.
Hey look- the reason I watched this Movie!  Chris Evans plays another Contract Killer who ends up working with Shannon to kill people and make the bodies nearly untraceable.  Nice wig.
Shannon's killer works for his growing family over the years.  I hope they appreciate all the murder- I know I do.
Shannon's killer makes some enemies over the years.  Will things work out?  Who will live?  To find out, watch the Movie.  The End.
Good stuff- dark, but good.  The whole thing is really a Character Piece.  These kinds of Stories either work for you or they don't.  It worked for me.  The key here is Shannon, who is just so damn intense!  He really sells you on this.  I don't have to tell you that he's a good Actor by now, right?  Everyone in here does a good job, honestly.  Franco is good in his one Scene.  Ray Liotta is good here.  David Schwimmer is even pretty good as a mustachioed Jewish Gangster.  I really liked Evans here, as he plays a guy that is far from his flawed Hero in Puncture and miles worse personality-wise than Captain America!  I won't SPOIL his worst moment, but you will know it when you see it!  This is honestly a good, dark Film that fans of True Crime Films will like.  While it has Cap, The Human Torch and is called Iceman, it is just missing Blade...
Next up, a classic Tale about a Writer gone crazy.  Should I be worried or excited?  Stay tuned...

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