Michael Shannon is the kind of actor who can take on any role and inhabit it so well you don’t even know he’s acting. Shannon plays Richard Leonard “The Iceman” Kuklinski (April 11, 1935 – March 5, 2006) an American serial killer who became a contract killer hired by the mafia. The film begins on Kuclinski and his wife’s first date and from there explores how he fell into becoming a hitman which incidentally came quite naturally. The supporting cast is as compelling as the the main character and lends a backbone to the film that will surely make this a classic akin to the likes of “Goodfellas” and “Casino”. It’s good to finally see Ray Liotta in a well-written role he can eat right up. Three surprising stand-out performances were from Winona Ryder, Chris Evans and David Schwimmer who each played out-of-their-genre so well… you could hardly recognize them…and that’s a big ole’ YAY.
Go out and see this film.