So, I recently came across this movie while I was browsing through my external hard drive’s movie collection. I forgot how or why I actually downloaded this movie. The basic premise that I could recall was that it was about this screenwriter who was trying to come up with a good story about seven psychopaths. The problem was, he got mixed up in a crazy manhunt after his best friend kidnaps the dog of a mafia boss and the mafia goes after him and his friends. I just didn’t get around to watching it….until now.
So, essentially, the movie has a stellar cast lined up. There’s Colin Farrell who plays the role of the alcoholic Irish screenwriter, Sam Rockwell as the crazy best friend, Christopher Walken as the aging pacifist “Quaker”, Woody Harrelson as Charlie the psychopathic mafia boss, Tom Waits as the older psychopath who retells his story of going on a killing spree with his ex-girlfriend and even has a cameo by sexy actress Olga Kurylenko.
The movie pokes fun at the common action movie plot as it plays along Farrell’s attempts at writing his own film about psychopaths. The film portrays the different stereotypic psychopaths and gauges the viewer on to guess who among the characters in the movie match up to the psychopaths Farrell’s character has written. The main highlight of the film is the dialogue exchanged by the characters.
Essentially, it is a highly intelligent film that just loves making fun of itself and all the other movies in the same genre.
I especially love how Walken’s character points out how an action movie depicts women…
And how Rockwell explains that a movie about psychopaths cannot not have shooting scenes.
The characters embrace their roles in the fictional story line Farrell writes about them in his screenplay, and each of them touches on several points with sarcastic humor.
I love Walken’s narration of how gender comments are made in action films and how unnecessary it is to follow the conventional procedures presented in action film dialogue.
The actors embrace their characters in a slightly tongue-in-cheek kind of humor. They all point out how each of them are essentially psychopaths and it doesn’t really matter whether one is more psychopathic than the other.The twists and turns are also interesting. The audience is left to guess which twist will come up next and when the twist comes up, it does so in a “should-have-seen-that-one-coming” approach. The audience figures out that they should have guessed that things would eventually turn out one way or another, but it is still incredible that it happens.
The actors are wonderful. They played out their roles quite well. In particular, I love Rockwell’s performance as Billy. He’s managed to encapsulate that twisted psychotic charisma in a highly comedic and somewhat naïve tone.
In fact, his performance has impressed me so much, I actually believe he could pull off the psychotically comedic character of Deadpool. I once thought only Ryan Reynolds could pull off that psychotic sarcasm and in-your-face sense of humor, but now I think Rockwell could pull off the stint just as effectively – if not better.
Maybe it’s because he’s also acted out several psychotic characters before, in particular Billy the Kid in The Green Mile. Now, that was an intensely humorous and complicated psychotic character and he has managed to make even that murderous role seem appealing.
Overall, I think the film is a genius. The screenwriters made a highly appealing dialogue, complete witrh humor, sarcasm, gender issues, and crazy twists. The buildup was superb. I didn’t know what to expect, so I had to expect the unexpected…and I was always left in awe at each scene. The whole movie is a genius.
I would recommend it to anyone who loves movies, who loves studying movies, who loves watching action and those who enjoy intelligent humor. Kudos to the production team. It was highly witty and entertaining.