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: 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.
Conclusion: This solemn, blood-soaked thriller lacks the dynamism of its star, but is an impressive showcase for him nonetheless: it’s as hard to look away from Shannon’s performance as it is to look directly at it.
Summary: For over two decades, Goodfellas has been casting its colossal shadow over lesser 20th Century-set mobster-on-the-rise films, making it easier to recognise the paler shades of the subgenre. Though well-acted and solidly told, The Iceman falls closer to the ‘merely good’ ranks of Kill the Irishman than the masterful status of Martin Scorsese’s classic.