Monday, July 4, 2011

Kill the Irishman - DVD Review

ll 1/2

Starring Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Linda Cardinelli, Tony Darrow, Fionnula Flannigan, Bob Gunton, Steven R. Schirripa, Vinnie Jones, Mike Starr, Paul Sorvino, Tony Lo Bianco, Laura Ramsey and Robert Davi.
Directed by Jonathan Hensleigh.

The first two minutes give off a Goodfellas vibe, which can be good or bad. It primed me for a history lesson, a mafia movie set in Cleveland. Cleveland? Yep. It's based on a true story, so I guess Cleveland really was rocked by this many car bombs in 1976.

Ray Stevenson (Punisher War Zone) isn't quite the charismatic lead I would hope for in something like this. He plays Danny Green, an Irish union leader who decided he wasn't going to put up with the Italian mobsters taking all the good union jobs.

There are several attempts on his life; the title comes from the urgency of the Italians to get this guy, and they get more desperate with each failed attempt.

It's fine. It's an okay mafia movie. I was surprised by how little it had for Christopher Walken to do, and Val Kilmer isn't much more than the cop who pops up every once in a while to let Danny know he's watching. We get appearances from Goodfellas' Paul Sorvino, Sopranos' Steven R. Schirripa, Miller's Crossing's Mike Starr, and so on.

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