Friday, March 25, 2011

Kill the Irishman


Ray Stevenson stars as Danny 'The Irishman' Greene, a real life Irish gangster in Cleveland in the 70's, and this is the tale of his rise to power and inevitable fall.  The movie starts out with a bang, literally, as we see our protagonist's car explode with him barely escaping.  And that is the first of many explosions to come.  Many, many explosions.

My review of this film is mixed.  On one hand, it's basically just a composite of every gangster crime film I've ever seen, with a who's who of go-to gangster crime stars including Christopher Walken, Vinnie Jones, Paul Sorvino, Steve Schirripa, and Robert Davi.  On the other hand, I happen to like gangster crime films, and I happen to like Christopher Walken, Vinnie Jones, Paul Sorvino, Steve Schirripa, and Robert Davi.  So even though I was rolling my eyes in the first half of the film, I actually settled in and started enjoying myself in the second half.  I kind of enjoyed seeing one character after another get blown up.  (Don't worry, I didn't say WHO gets blown up.)  And I kind of enjoyed the stereotypical Irish music that scored the film.  And it was good seeing Val Kilmer again, even if he is slower and heavier than I remembered.  And Vincent D'Onofrio is always a trip.  So, if you're like me, and you dig these kinds of films, and you're not expecting something new, but rather more of the same that you know you love, then you'll enjoy the ride.  Just make sure to jump out before it explodes.

Grade:  B

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