The Iceman (2012)

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The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man.

"The Iceman" is a 2012 movie directed by Ariel Vromen, based upon the true story of Richard Kuklinski, a notorious agreement killer who earned his grim label due to his cold-bloodedness and his technique of freezing victims to obscure the time of death. The movie stars Michael Shannon as Kuklinski, with a supporting cast that consists of Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, and James Franco. It uses a chilling peek into Kuklinski's double life as a dedicated family man and a ruthless gunman for the mob.

Plot Synopsis
The story unfolds in the 1960s and spans over two decades, revealing Kuklinski's gruesome profession and the secret life that he keeps hidden from his other half and daughters. Kuklinski starts as a dubber for adult movies, however his violent tendencies catch the attention of mob employer Roy DeMeo (played by Ray Liotta), who hires him as a gunman. Regardless of his violent profession, Kuklinski is portrayed as a caring hubby to his unwary wife, Deborah (Winona Ryder), who thinks her hubby earns money dubbing Disney cartoons.

As Kuklinski gains notoriety in the criminal underworld for his performance and untraceable techniques, his individual life starts to strain under the weight of his deception. He forms a partnership with fellow killer Robert 'Mr. Freezy' Pronge (Chris Evans), who presents him to the practice of freezing bodies. The film explores the psychological complexity of Kuklinski, depicting him as both a cold-hearted killer and a family man with a moral code, refusing tasks that need killing women or children.

The stress intensifies as police closes in and the mob begins to perceive Kuklinski as a liability. In spite of his efforts to keep his two worlds different, Kuklinski's household ends up being threatened as his criminal activities begin to come to light. His wife and children are stunned to find the reality of his sinister double life.

Character Study and Performance
Central to the film is Michael Shannon's effective performance as Richard Kuklinski, catching the dichotomy of the character's life. Shannon portrays Kuklinski with an eerie calmness and strength, leaving viewers with a haunting impression of the guy behind the murders. Winona Ryder offers a strong efficiency as his spouse, while Chris Evans portrays the role of his wacky and disheveled accomplice.

Themes and Reception
"The Iceman" delves into styles such as the duality of humanity, the capacity for evil, and the impact of a secret life on household and personal identity. The movie is particularly interested in how Kuklinski can compartmentalize his affections for his family from his harsh professional life. It provides a male who can both severe violence and tender love, challenging the viewer to grapple with the intricacies of his character.

The movie got blended reviews from critics, with much praise going to Shannon's efficiency however some criticism directed at the film's pacing and psychological depth. While it may not dive as deeply into Kuklinski's mind as some might prefer, "The Iceman" is thought about a strong crime drama that sheds light on the life of among America's most infamous agreement killers.

In conclusion, "The Iceman" offers a troubling picture of a guy who led an impossible double life. With strong performances, especially from Michael Shannon, the film succeeds in offering a cinematic representation of Richard Kuklinski's dark and intricate existence. The film encapsulates the cooling reality that sometimes the most hazardous people are those who can conceal in plain sight, maintaining an air of normalcy while harboring a secret life of heinous criminal activity. The film's exploration of Kuklinski's life leaves a lasting effect and brings viewers in person with the enigma of a killer's double nature.

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