Michael Shannon is an incredible actor with amazing screen presence. He can pretty much do anything, but boy oh boy, if there’s one thing he does really well, it’s playing slightly unhinged nutjobs. He’s a master at characters that have a quiet menace about them, that always seems to be bubbling just under the facade of normalcy.
You know, until it actually boils over and he shoots you three times in the liver in a trash-strewn alleyway.
Which is why he is perfect for the role of Richard Kuklinski, real-life American dad in the 60’s, who just so happens to have also murdered a 100 people.
Millennium Films and Bleiberg Entertainment bring the story of notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski, nicknamed “The Iceman,” to the big screen. Inspired by actual events, “The Iceman” stars Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road,” “Boardwalk Empire”) as the real-life hitman who in 1986 was convicted of murdering 100 men for various crime organizations around the New York area. The compelling twist to Kuklinski’s story was that he was also a devoted husband and father whose family was unaware of his real profession until his arrest.
While Shannon is definitely the star of this suspenseful show, it’s just great to see Ray Liotta bringing his A-Game in something that isn’t heading straight to
e-TV’s Friday Action Night DVD. It looks there’s some great dramatic sparring sessions between the highly talented actors here, which could even be worth the price of admission alone.
And hands up anybody who recognized Captain America under that shaggy mane and beatnik goatee? Yeah, me neither. Also, pro tip: Never buy ice cream from guys with shaggy manes and beatnik goatees. That may just not be strawberry sauce on their aprons.
The film doesn’t have a release date set yet, but I’ll let you guys know as soon as we do.
Last Updated: August 31, 2012