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Kill the Irishman Reviews

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March 27, 2017
A well made mob movie based on a real story. Good performances and edited well.
January 3, 2017
It's good movie to watch
½ November 20, 2016
Entertaining and gritty, the movie portrays an Irish mobster as a Robin Hood like figure who goes to odds with the Italian mafia. Lots of explosions, cliches, and other stuff, but its got good performances all around even if its probably not very fact based.
½ July 18, 2016
A very underrated indy flick.
March 28, 2016
Just watch Goodfellas
Super Reviewer
January 3, 2016
With the popularity and success of mafia films, lesser known, true stories have to come to light, and I tend to enjoy them the most. Everybody knows about Gotti, Capone, and Bulger, but how many people know about Danny Greene? Greene was a simple factory worker in Cleveland, Ohio, who was upset by how mob corruption had taken over every major industry in the city. Greene wanted to fight back, but no one successfully takes on the mob, so Greene decided to hit them where it hurt. Greene started his own crew and slowly started to take over their businesses. For nearly a decade, the mob tried and failed to assassinate Greene, making him a modern day Bravehart in the hearts and minds of the citizens of Cleveland. Ray Stevenson, always "that other guy", stars in this film, and he was truly outstanding. People who knew Greene say Stevenson's performance was spot on and that really adds to the excitement surrounding this film. Kill The Irishman isn't without it's problems however, as with most mafia related films, it moves incredibly fast. It's hard to keep track of the timeline and as always, people come and go so quickly, that it's hard to keep track of who is who. Beyond that, this film focuses on the violence and assassination attempts surrounding Greene, rather than simply telling his story. The bottom line, Kill The Irishman is certainly not Goodfellas, but it was still extremely entertaining, and offers viewers a story about the mafia, that most wise guys would prefer to forget.
½ November 20, 2015
Film focuses on Danny Greene, a tough guy American Irishman who talked with his fists (and sometimes with bombs planted in folks cars) and went up against the other mobs that worked in Cleveland during the 70's. He wanted the turf and used force to take it. In the summer 1976, 36 bombs rocked through Cleveland, all tied in with organised crime.
This film is decent fare, not great but worth a watch. Why do they feel the need to glorify these people as heroes, this guy was a cunt and died a cunt, yet, the film makers portray him in a light where they show him crying when his girlfriend tells him she loves him and they play stirring Irish music over the top of his demise, but throughout the whole film they show him killing and badly hurting people who don't do what he wants. Don't feel pity for the guy, just watch a decent mob film where eventually everyone dies and you feel nothing for any of them because, well, most of them deserve what is coming to them in this life they chose.
½ August 14, 2015
Very good flick! And it has Christopher Walken in it!
April 1, 2015
Tough Irish workman turned mobster gets involved with Mafia gang war. Very watchable film this based on the troubles in Cleveland in 1976
½ March 27, 2015
Because the movie states to be the greatest gangster film since Goodfellas, I was actually going into it very grudgingly with such a claim, but ended up very pleasantly surprised at how true the statement was! I was impressed with the story as much of it was based on the true life of Danny Greene from Cleveland and even has a decent documentary style bio on the special features.
February 14, 2015
Great mob movie no one knows about!
December 31, 2014
how did this movie not get more attention?!? intense scenes with destruction and chaos
September 29, 2014
The infamous Danny Greene tale is back in life. The film itself is inspiring and intriguing, thinking in the late 70's with all those killing accounts by these mafia wars and hire to kill a one bad ass Irish man. Charismatic Stevenson makes this his best film yet. A very recommended mob theme to watch and love.
½ July 28, 2014
Seemingly composed of deleted scenes from better gangster movies.
June 16, 2014
A good mobster movie with the backdrop of Cleveland, but it doesn't utilize all that it could. enjoyable but nothing you'll wanna watch as much as a Goodfellas or Donnie Brasco.
June 3, 2014
While based on a true story, the film remains entertaining and fun to watch. Emotional and funny where appropriate. Great film.
½ April 15, 2014
It's not a very subtle film, nor very deftly made - but it is rather enjoyable. I did find it tend to telegraph certain moments though but is still worth a watch.
March 22, 2014
Best mob movie in years!
½ March 21, 2014
Set in Cleveland this is a biopic of famous Irish mobster, Danny Green, a man hated by the Italian mafia that survived many assassination attempts. The movie tells us of his original tough neighbourhood childhood, his youth in the union and his late years as a mafia man and we find out that he avoided a long jail term by becoming an FBI informer. It also gives us an insight into the criminal atmosphere of Cleveland of the 70s a time where bombs blasted virtually every week. Because of his extreme luck avoiding bullets and explosive devices Green acquired a certain hero aura that made him legendary in Cleveland. Curiously enough his death triggered a series of events that would partially destroy the empire of the Italian mafia.
Based in the book Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia this film has a lot of expected violence as it is a gangster story but it is all properly done, without gore or over acting. Ray Stevenson, the actor playing Green is particularly brilliant in portraying this controversial and charismatic man that never showed any fear despite the obvious circumstances.
It is an ok film but if you are not into gangster movies you might get a little bored after the second or third bomb.
½ March 15, 2014
A great look into a life of a criminal. The acting is great and the directing is slick.
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