Out of all movies based on a notorious murderer, such as a Serial Killer, this one was by far one of the best, maybe along-side "Dear Mr. Gacy" which I haven't gotten around seeing but hopefully I will, and as- well the "Secret Life of Jeffrey Dahmer" and "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer", and of-course "Zodiac" despite I only seen half of it.
Basically the film is based on the life of Richard Kuklinski (Played by Michael Shannon), a huge, but ordinary looking man who is married to a beautiful woman and have two gorgeous daughters, and claimed to them to dubbed Disney films and later worked in the Bank system because of it for a living, but actually he doesn't works for either one of them, but instead no other than the Mafia, by at first dubs Pornographic films but then became a hired-man for Murder, which is something he done before and seemingly have no issue with, and even though he was cut-off by the Mob later-on, he became a typical serial killer with the name the "Iceman". This however, became a personal problem for him between his actual career and his family because of his former connections with the mob, with some threats that he dealing with about his wife and kids, in which lead to him to try his best to prevent any of this.
This movie was quite powerful as we see a man who made the bad choice of becoming a Assistant of America's worst ever Crime Organization, despite having a loving family fill with Women, a family he well devoted for, and does not like them being insulted or threaten. Shannon did a good job playing with the right emotions, when Kuklinski is either happy, sad, or mad. My favorite scene of him is when he's talking to his brother, Joey (Played by Stephen Dorff), who is in prison for raping and murdering a little girl. Just a strong anger he gave to him, makes the scene stand-out, and another great one (This is not a spoiler because you can find this chip on YouTube) is when a man who he accidentally bump into his car in traffic, and the man then insults him and his family which pisses him off and then tries to car-chase him with his wife and daughters, that was just crazy, and made them realize something ain't right about him. I also thought it was clever to cast Ray Liotta, who you might be familiar with from the popular movie "Goodfellas", as the lead mob guy of the film. He delivers a nice performance here, just showing your good-old Italian-American Gangster. Chris Evans did a brilliant job playing Kuklinski's partner in crime and obvious comic relief, at first when I saw him in this film, I honestly didn't even know it was him until I check on the rest of the cast, that just surprises me that Captain America plays in this type of film. I thought his character was kinda funny, I even found his first encounter with Kuklinski just great, especially how that particular scene ends, just wow. James Franco was also in this movie but just a minor role however until he's done with. Yeah don't really have anything else to say about of the cast except they're just alright I guess. I really likes the classic Italian- gangster feel of this film, it shows that this never dies even long after the 80s and the 90s with the Godfather movies and the Goodfellas (Back to the fact of casting Liotta).
Overall, this movie ain't that bad, but there is a-bit of problems comparing to this film plot and the real-life story of the Iceman, such as not showing his first kill as a child (Yes, that is true) or how his relationship begans which was quite brutal if you're wondering, if you want to hear about check-out Rob Dyke's video about Kuklinski or any of the HBO specials that shows interviews of him before he dies back in 2006. But overall they didn't seems to leave out a-lot of things which is good, I'm even surprise they actually bother bringing-up his abusive father (Which wasn't be a surprise either, as he a psychopathic killer, of-course, pretty usual). Anyways, if you love films like Zodiac or the Goodfellas and Godfather or both, I would recommend you guys checking this out.