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The Iceman is based on the true story of Richard Kuklinski (played by Michael Shannon), a contract killer who is thought to have murdered over 100 people. The film spans over more than a decade, following Kuklinski’s family life, as well as his professional one.

To fans of the true crime genre, don’t get your hopes up over this one. There is little to no back story, and little to no explanation about what’s happening in general. While I’m sure many people are familiar with the story, I personally felt like I wasn’t told a lot of important information. The film was rushed and convoluted.

With such a dark story, I was hoping for something a little more gritty, and a little less Hollywood. I also hoped to run into a few more larger-than-life characters along the way, but instead, all of the actors seemed to be playing exactly the same guy, in exactly the same way.

All of that being said, I do think Michael Shannon should be preparing a speech, because I hear award season calling his name. He gives nothing short of a whirlwind performance. This is truly his film, but   I wish the film itself lived up to his acting.

Is The Iceman Essential TIFF Viewing?

Skip this one, even if you’re a fan of the genre or interested in the topic. It provides no real insight on Krukinski’s life.

The Iceman Screening Times

  • Monday, September 10 at 10:00 pm at Princess of Wales
  • Tuesday, September 11 at 12:00 pm at Ryerson Theatre

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