Excerpt: Michael Shannon is definitely a force to reckon with, especially when he plays roles in which he is slightly insane. Boardwalk Empire his character is very edgy, recently as General Zod in Man of Steel and now The Iceman. Based on a true story of a New York City hitman who is very good at what he does and can go home at night to his family without missing a beat.
Summary: If The Iceman has a small failing, it's that it opens rather slowly. Otherwise, the film is engaging, rich in characterizations, and admirable for Michael Shannon's terrifying portrayal of Richard Kuklinski, who was a loving father and husband, while on the side a no-bullshit hitman. Director Ariel Vromen brings the right balance to Kuklinski's two-sided life. None of them feel inferior to the other.
Excerpt: The movie itself is tense, sometimes there are great emotional shots. But the PQ is not good. Here in Brasil the BD seems that the screen was grown up, sometimes the head of an actor occupies great part of the screen. It happens a lot of times in the movies released in Brasil by California Pictures, when the original aspect ratio is 2.35:1 and California Pictures expands the movie for 1.85:1 , and you see BIG BIG heads !!!
Excerpt: Very, very good movie. To think this was based upon a true story is very frightening. Great acting and storyline. PQ was very smooth and clear, it really pulled you into the 70's. AQ was excellent dialogue and bass was on point. The only thing disappointing was the extras, a more detailed documentary on the real Iceman would have been greatly appreciated. Other than that drawback this release is excellent and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for collectors.
Summary: Michael Shannon's portrayal of this real life hit-man is frighteningly believable. We find some reason for his profession choice, a look into his personality (past the cold demeanor), and even a small hint of sympathy generated by an emotional final moment that lasts well after the credits roll. The film covers a ton of plot in it's average run-time, but it was well paced. With as great as Shannon is here, I would've liked to see more from this story.
Summary: brilliant movie thats also a true story about a guy who lives a double life as a hit man. who ended up killing over 100 people. one of the best films ive seen in a very long time. its one of those movies you can really get into.
Excerpt: Even if The Iceman skims through a lot of the important true events, this is completely Michael Shannon's show. Giving another great performance, and probably one of his best. Winona Ryder is also great as Kuklinksi's loving, if scared, wife. But again, this film is worth watching if only for Shannon's flawless performance as 'The Iceman', never striking a false note, frightening, oddly sympathetic, and yet still cold blooded.
Summary: I have been a huge fan of mob films for years and knowing the history of the real Richard Kuklinsky made me excited about this film. Mr. Shannon is AMAZING in his performance. This role was made for him. He portrays Kuklinsky with such accuracy it's unreal. If you watch the interview tapes of the real killer you can see how well he does it. Every cast member does an outstanding job and makes the film truly shine.
Conclusion: Not sure why the other reviewer disliked this so much. Forget truth or facts and enjoy the film for what it is and that is a well acted, easy to follow story of a contract killer. Michael Shannon was perfectly cast for the role and does not disappoint. This definitely has reply value in my honest opinion and well worth the price tag.