Summary: Iceman is hard to love as it leaves a whole lot left to be resolved in the sequel that, at the time of this writing, is already in production. As it stands, the movie is a bit slow and spends a lot of time setting up things that haven’t happened yet. When the martial arts scenes kick in the movie can and does impress but without seeing how all of this plays out, plot wise it’s a little messy. Well Go’s Blu-ray looks and sounds excellent though.
Conclusion: Even Donnie Yen's ardent fan base may be largely bored by the frenetic but rarely involving Iceman . While having absolutely no connection whatsoever to Eugene O'Neill's play, Iceman is actually a remake of a much more exciting film called The Iceman Cometh . This version evidently thought gussying things up with lots of (middling) CGI and 3D effects might help to overcome its lumbering structure and oddly staged action elements.
Excerpt: To be clear upfront: there's no question that Iceman , a Hong Kong action-comedy released in its home country in 3D, is a patently silly movie. The story follows He Ying, a Ming Dynasty royal guard, who, after being wrongfully accused of treason and sentenced to death, ends up caught in a blizzard along with his former friends and is frozen alive for 400 years, re-awakening in 2013 to a whole new world.
Excerpt: The Iceman tells the true story of Richie Kuklinski (Michael Shannon), a hired killer for the mob estimated to have offed at least 100 people and whose nickname, which gives the film its title, originated from his calculated manner of disposing bodies: freezing them so that the time of death couldn't be ascertained.
Conclusion: Ariel Vromen's The Iceman delivers a tight, dark, and disturbingly fascinating tale of a man living two lives and the inward and outward process of keeping them separate, which seems a more insurmountable objective than becoming one of the most notorious killers-for-hire in modern history.
Conclusion: The Iceman offers a fascinating portrait of a deadly criminal with two contradictory lives. Ariel Vromen's film impresses with visual flair, meticulous period production design, and strong performances from the well-assembled cast led by a frighteningly (yet expectedly) effective Michael Shannon. While films about real murderers are an iffy proposition, this one acquits itself nicely as a sharp and gripping drama.
Summary: Recommended for Michael Shannon's performance THE ICEMAN is a solid crime picture. A bit scattershot and rushed at times compared to it's voluminous source material, it is nevertheless worthwhile viewing.
Excerpt: By the time Richard Kuklinski was captured in 1986, he was said to have murdered more than 100 people. Reportedly a killer even before he turned pro for the mob, he was also so cagey his wife and daughters apparently had no inkling of what he did for a living. No film could make sense of a personality like that, and The Iceman , a true-crime thriller from Israeli-born director Ariel Vromen, doesn’t exactly try.