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.
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: The true story of Richard kuklinski is a brutal, violent, tense, fascinating tale. The story of a skilled psychopathic killer and his struggle with family life and work issues. This film captures none of that. It is so inaccurate that it shouldn't be allowed to have this title. The facts are distorted, the truth is ignored and the major points of the Icemans life are completely missed out. Disgraceful.
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.