Michael Shannon’s performance is really the only thing worth watching in this film, and it is beyond brilliant. If I wasn’t excited about seeing the Man of Steel before seeing The Iceman, I definitely am now after watching Shannon in this movie. It’s not a bad film, but it is a bit dull, which is surprising given the source material. It is perhaps classic biopic fare, with its straightforward this-is-what-happened story telling style, however if you’ve seen the documentary on Richard Kuklinski or read Philip Carlo’s biography, then you’ll likely be disappointed. The cameo appearances from Chris Evans, Stephen Dorff, David Schwimmer and James Franco are interesting, but ultimately can’t save this film from dully plodding towards the inevitable conclusion.
6 out of 10