If Michael Shannon was hoping his next film might be a romantic comedy, “The Iceman” could torpedo those plans.
After its world premiere in Venice, Italy, the actor’s violent hit man drama enjoyed its North American premiere Saturday night at the Telluride Film Festival, cementing Shannon’s reputation as one of Hollywood’s most terrifying actors.
Based on the true story of Richard Kuklinski, who was a contract killer by day and devoted family man by night, “The Iceman” is an operatically violent chronicle of a sociopath that seeks to explain one man’s unquenchable rage.
Kuklinski struggles to lead a normal life in 1970s New Jersey, and shelter his wife (Winona Ryder) and two daughters from his occupational hazards. But when rival gangs start feuding, menace comes knocking at his front door, forcing Kuklinski to take even more drastic steps. Suffice to say the film’s budget for fake blood was about as big as its tab for polyester suits.