Excerpt: The mob movie is such a staple of our culture that filmmakers face an almost impossible task when trying to come up with a fresh angle on the genre. Kill The Irishman is based on a true story that could have made for a very engaging plot, but ended up being a by the numbers tale of a rise and fall of a mob boss. Kill The Irishman tells the story of an Irish union boss who got into bed with the local mafia contingent in early 1970s Cleveland.
Conclusion: Kill the Irishman is a good, not great, film in the vein of Donnie Brasco and Martin Scorsese's crime dramas. Strong performances and a rich subject make it easy to overlook average writing and a familiar design. The feature presentation of Anchor Bay's DVD cannot be faulted in any way and though the hour-long documentary overstays its welcome, it stands as fitting company to the movie. Fans of the genre are encouraged to check out this easily-missed disc.
Excerpt: KILL THE IRISHMAN With post-Goodfellas crime-movie tropes dyed for St. Patrick's Day, this Ballad of Danny Greene attempts to enshrine the Irish-American strongman, a real-life folk hero among mob-lore nerds and Cleveland teamsters for his Rasputin-like resilience through multiple assassination attempts. Kill the Irishman aims to come out bumping chests in upstart insouciance, hoping to abet Greene's famous bravado.
Excerpt: I’ll be honest with you; I decided to watch Kill The Irishman primarily because Christopher Walken had a small but significant role in the film, and you just can’t pass by an opportunity to see a bit of Christopher Walken can you? The fact that it was an Irish mobster film was just the icing on the cake.
Excerpt: Danny Greene föddes av irländska föräldrar i Amerika under trettiotalet och skulle komma att bli en av Clevelands mest fruktade under sjuttiotalet. Tillsammans med John Nardi (Vincent D’Onofrio) och på sätt och vis FBI ställde han sig emot den italienska maffians åderlåtning av samhället och andra kriminella i det bombhav som skulle terrorisera Cleveland tills den dagen Danny Greene trillat av pinn.