Conclusion: Another misfire on the ‘ol Donnie Yen resume I’m afraid – I knew what to expect from the trailers but it’s just a very incongruent film and the superman-like wire work and questionable CGI just drop this thing like a brick. Well Go USA has done a great job on the technical specifications – the video is near reference and the audio blows the house down. Special features are slim, though.
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.
Summary: The Iceman is a competent crime drama that features some excellent performances, but it lacks the strength of will to get to the centre of Richard Kuklinski's troubled soul. Still, some people might argue that he never had one. Lionsgate's disc has middling video quality and solid audio, and is feebly supported by some bland press-kit extras. Worth a rental if you're a genre fan or if you want to see the Hollywood take on Kuklinski's grisly exploits.
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.