The Iceman (2013) is a true story based on the notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski, who performed mob hits for the Demeo family in New York during the 1970’s through to the mid 80’s. It is believed he killed over 100 people.
Whats unique about true story films, is that we already know the ending before it’s due, (well maybe not unique for todays standard of film). The audience knows this and accepts it but is eager to seek the story behind this man.
I was very lucky to be handed a preview screening ticket to this film at the famous Bafta location in Piccadilly Circus with a Q and A with upcoming actor Michael Shannon. Which brings me onto the performances of these actors, of which there is quite the cast. Shannon said that what attracted him to the character was Kuklinski’s childhood abuse from his parents. He was fascinated by the characters ferociousness and his need of loving from his family that originates from the same place. Michael Shannon is one of the best upcoming actors that only wants to make great films, and his performance in this feature was one to be admired.
The Iceman storyline follows Kuklinski from his hiring and his demise into prison in 1986. I noticed a big similarity between the theme of family in Take Shelter (2011) and The Iceman. The way we see the characters transformation into (dimensia in Take Shelter) and development of frustration and anger in Kuklinski is through the interactions with the family. We see the people the family love change in front of their eyes into people they don’t recognise. Indeed in The Iceman the family never know of Kuklinski’s career in killing until he is arrested, they believe he works in the financial market!
I was really impressed by the directors vision in this film. He created the perfect atmosphere for this character and the world he lived in through the cinematography. Ariel Vromen is a name I’ve never heard of before, but Michael Shannon in the Q and A stated he enjoyed working with him. So he’s definitely a director people should look out for.
Overall I enjoyed The Iceman, the script was written to a pretty good level and directed well.
Click the images above to learn more about the feature thats hits theatres June 7th in the UK as well as the fantastic trailer.
The Iceman 6.5/10