The Iceman – DVD review

Michael Shannon confirms his place as today’s most exciting screen villain as a real-life mass murderer and family man

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Ariel Vorman, 2012


Some dads opt for fishing, some DIY, some relax after a day of carrying out mob hits with a sideline in further mass-murder. This is the alarmingly true story of Richard Kuklinski (even the name sounds like a gun being reloaded), who balanced New Jersey family life with as many as 250 murders. A remarkably youthful Winona Ryder is his clueless wife while Mafia men Ray Liotta (tetchy) and David Schwimmer (drippy) play to type.

But it is Michael Shannon, bringing his undertaker’s demeanour to the lead role, who rises above somewhat pedestrian direction and 1970s gangster clichés to confirm his place as today’s most exciting screen villain.

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