What to Read Next

'The Iceman'; Michael Shannon melts your heart as Iceman

Troy Ribeiro
4 July 2013

Film: "The Iceman"; Cast: Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, David Schwimmer, James Franco, Ray Liotta, Stephen Dorff, Winona Ryder; Director: Ariel Vromen; Rating: *** 1/2

A well-crafted film by Ariel Vromen is a gangster-drama based on the true story of a contract killer who terrorised New Jersey in the US for over a decade from early 1960s to mid-1970s.

It is the story of Richie Kuklinski (Michael Shannon), a shy and hardworking man who would give an arm and a leg to see his family - wife and two daughters - happy.

In the very early stage of his married life, while working as a delivery guy in the porn industry, his path crosses that of a local mobster, Roy Demeo. His unflinching stare appeals to Roy who puts Kuklinski on his pay roll.

With his stoic appearance and a cold heart, Kuklinski is magnetically drawn into crime as if he is a natural-born killer. This becomes his profession and his source of livelihood, which is unknown to his family.

Over a period of time, Kuklinski, also known as Pollack in the world of crime, is a dreaded as well as a sought after man.

Robert Pronge aka Mr. Freezy, another eerie semi-freelance killer, who moves about in an ice-cream van, cajoles Pollack to join him but Pollack, a Roy loyalist, refuses his offer.

Unfortunately, all is not well at Roy's front and Pollack is laid off. So, he unwittingly joins Robert who teaches him the art of freezing bodies and disposing them several days after the hit, so that the cops can't get a time of death and that's how he earns the title of "The Iceman".

Micheal Shannon convincingly renders a sturdily haunting performance as Kuklinski. He stabs, shoots and sprays cyanide without any guilt or remorse. The only time, he falters or shows a sympathetic streak is when on "an assignment to kill" he lets go off a 17-year-old girl who is a witness to his crime and this too he does so credibly that reveals what a loving and concerned father he is.

And with equal measure his manic streak unfurls when he chases a car with his family in tow.

Of the supporting cast, the charismatic and emotional Ray Liotta as Roy Demeo proves to be a fitting archetypal character who balances Shannon's aura.

Chris Evans as the unconventional hit-man Mr. Freezy with his French beard and unkempt weird wig, slicing corpses is funny yet repulsive. Winona Ryder as Kuklinski's oblivious wife Deborah is pleasantly pretentious and believable as the la-di-da cared by a loving husband.

Steffen Dorff is powerfully moving in a cameo role as Kuklinski's equally blood- thirsty younger brother.

Though the film is well-crafted and captures its period setting to precision, with the sepia tone, clothing, hair-cuts and heeled shoes, the biopic lacks the zing of a gangster-thriller film. The 100-odd killings are dismissed off through a set of generic mafia dialogues and stereotypical violent shootouts, which one has witnessed many times earlier.

The cinematography, editing and the graph of the script also does not rise to a momentum to make a mark, but instead snuggly fits into a Scorsese-clone-ish mould.

But what stands out and touches a chord is when Mr. Kuklinski says: "I never felt sorry for anything that I've done except for hurting my family. I do want my family to forgive me."

This makes you realise that the ice-man indeed had a heart.

This indeed tugs at your heart-strings somewhere and coupled with the brilliant performances makes the film worth watching.

Is your insurance comp Laughing Behind Your Back?

New Studies Show that if you drive less than 55 miles a day you can save a ton on auto insurance.

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

Read This Before You Buy Medigap Plan F

Medicare Supplement Plan F is the most popular plan option, but there's another Medigap option you should consider.

Insane Navy Seal Flashlight, should it be banned?

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!

Reconnect With Your High School Friends

Classmates® has the largest directory of high school class lists. Remember the good times and reconnect to create new memories.

What Are The Pros & Cons Of A Reverse Mortgage?

More Americans are accessing their home equity to support their retirement years. Speak with a professional and see what you may qualify for today.

How To Make Sagging Skin Look Tight and Lifted

[Watch] The easy and effective way consumers across the country are improving the look of their wrinkled and sagging skin without cosmetic procedures.

Get your taxes done from your favorite device

Grab your W-2 and your phone or tablet, and file taxes for Absolute Zero : $0 Fed, $0 State, $0 to File. TurboTax Federal Free Edition.

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

AT&T Business Circle

Discuss the Ins & Outs of Running a Business. Learn Tips to Grow Your Business from Industry Thought Leaders.

Medicare Supplement Plans For Those Aged 65 And Up

New rates for Medicare supplement plans have arrived. Click here for a free price quote and learn how to improve your current coverage plan.

Kid sleep troubles email series for moms

We get it. We’ve been there. Sign up for our email track to learn how to handle kids who won’t go to sleep or won’t stay in bed.

Powerful Tactical Flashlight Flying Off Shelves!

This new tactical flashlight was just released to the public and is flying off shelves in the United States. Limited supplies left, act quick!