I absolutely loved this film, not so much because of the amazing story behind this contract killer/family man, but because Michael Shannon is just plain amazing as he portrays Richard Kuklinski. No doubt about it, I believe Shannon should be nominated for an award.
This film is totally worth the full price of admission just to see this talented actor’s portrayal. I have never seen a character make Ray Liotta’s character in crime movies look so weak by a certain point in the film. Liotta portrays Roy Demeo who originally hires Kuklinski, but deep down, Demeo really knows what this man is capable of, if not more, as the years of their “partnership” went on.
One thing is for sure, Kuklinski knew how to keep his wife Deborah (Winona Ryder) and his two daughters in the dark about what his real profession is. When he does have a melt down, Shannon’s portrayal displays a terror they really are not prepared for. I think I was trembling in the theater seat worried for them after viewing Shannon as Kuklinski. Ryder also turns in a very good performance as the loving wife who gets the shock of her life one morning.
If you or someone you know is a film fan of crime dramas and thrillers, this is the one to choose this weekend on the big screen. The film is rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and some sexual content. There are many people interested in this individual’s history, so read below about some interesting facts to date.
Richard Kuklinski, the real life individual upon which documentaries, novels and the feature film, The Iceman, is based on, has many people following his story.
The 1992 HBO documentary, The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer, upon which this feature film is based, is one of the Top 20 selling documentaries of all-time on amazon.com. The interviews with Richard Kuklinski have had approximately 2 million viewers on YouTube and approx. 22 million viewers on HBO and A&E since 1992.
Anthony Bruno’s novel, The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer is an all-time top-selling crime novel on tower.com, and books on Kuklinski are international best-sellers. Both the documentary and Bruno’s novel are available for sale worldwide.
Source: Millennium Entertainment