The Iceman stars Michael Shannon, who you may remember as Eliot Ness wannabe Nelson Van Alden in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, playing contract hit man Richie Kuklinski, a dubber of porn films who is discovered by gangster Roy Demeo (Ray Liotta) and turned into a contract killer. Demeo is impressed by how unimpressed Kuklinski is by the prospect of his own death.
In the meantime, we get to see Kuklinski woo his bride, Deborah (Winona Ryder). Deborah is wonderfully clueless about Kuklinski’s trade. She thinks he’s a currency trader. He lies to her about his life, and she pretends like she believes him. They have two girls, who he dotes on.
The movie doesn’t get really good until the second act, when Kuklinski teams up with fellow lunatic Mr. Freezy (Chris Evans, who finally gets to act in something that isn’t a superhero movie). Mr. Freezy drives around in an ice cream truck, blowing people up, poisoning them and then preserving the bodies in a meat locker until he can dump them months later.
I’ve said too much already… Go watch this movie, and then report back here for your debriefing.