Kill the Irishman (2011)
Average Rating: 5.6/10
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Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 18
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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 10
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Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson) and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, KILL THE IRISHMAN chronicles Greene's heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob. Turning the tables on loan shark Shondor Birns (Christopher Walken) and allying himself with gangster John Nardi (Vincent D'Onofrio), Greene stops taking orders from the mafia
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Hensleigh romanticizes Greene and doesn't have a very nuanced understanding of labor racketeering. That said, he does possess a fine eye for shabby urban landscapes and a nice way with explosions.
The cast makes up for some occasionally spotty storytelling and telegraphing of events that keep "Irishman" from being as good as it could have been.
What makes this film special and memorable is the character of Danny Green, who is not the usual neighborhood hoodlum you see in movies, the kind who gets in deep and gradually loses his soul.
The problem is that writer-director Jonathan Hensleigh doesn't do much beyond filling in the template; he's telling the specific, true-life tale of mob decline in 1970s Cleveland, but every character and setpiece feels like it fell off a truck.
There's an irresistible, Cleveland-esque, underdog quality about this whole production.
KILL THE IRISHMAN should be appreciated as an important look at the way Greene affected the mob and crimes back in the late 70s.
Hensleigh wields the techniques with a sure hand and uses them to construct a compelling, engaging narrative, but at the same time seasoned viewers will constantly feel a nagging sense of familiarity.
A certain clenched-fist tonality to the picture that helps it wade through routine, and it's nice to see the city of Cleveland used for change when detailing the horrors and intimidation of mob rule, giving NYC the day off.
It's not just that the movie appears to find Greene far more charming than he was in Porrello's book. It's that Kill the Irishman never brings either freshness or energy to its tale. In the end, even the many explosions seem tired.
It's great summer night slumming cinema, with an integral moral complexity that doesn't intrude but guides the action.
Certainly the filmmakers rounded up the right cast of tough-guy actors for this story of mob activity, but their presence doesn't lend much vigor to this unfocused and sentimental tale.
...suffers from the twin deficits of a charm-free leading man and a screenplay that seems composed of dialogue and scenes written and then discarded by writers working on better films.
Rushed and simplistic, with little sense of its characters as people or the flavor of their time and place.
[Stevenson is] crazily charismatic here, a blend of brash cockiness and sensitivity, and he makes a satisfying film even better.
Will hardly replace the classic gangster flicks, but it's a pretty good little account of an episode in American mob history that had surprisingly wide-ranging ramifications.
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- Danny Greene: Is that all you got? Gonna take more than a few firecrackers, to kill DANNY GREENE!
- Joe Manditski: You really think the luck of the Irish is going to save you?
- Joe Manditski: I will cut your fucking heart out with a rusty butter knife and eat it while it's still beating.
- Danny Greene: How did the entire Polish firing squad die? They stood in a circle.
- Danny Greene: What do you do if a Polack throws a grenade at you? You pull the pin out and throw it back.
- Danny Greene: That all you got? It's gonna take more than a few firecrackers to kill Danny Green.
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