Seven Psychopaths

  • 15
  • Martin McDonagh (2012)
  • UK / US
  • 105 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Writer/director Martin McDonagh follows up his hitmen-on-holiday caper In Bruges with another darkly comic, dysfunctional-male buddy movie, this time set in Los Angeles. The story centres on Colin Farrell's boozy Irish screenwriter, who's struggling for ideas for his next project, "Seven Psychopaths". Inspiration soon comes calling when the dog-napping scam run by his dodgy best pal Sam Rockwell and partner Christopher Walken backfires after they swipe the prized pooch of crime boss Woody Harrelson. The conceit of having the characters muse over how Farrell's screenplay - and the film itself - should play out allows McDonagh to lampoon, challenge and subvert plenty of genre clichés (Rockwell's energetic acting out of his dream shoot-out finale, for instance, is a hoot). However, the rapid-fire script doesn't always hit its target, at times it even conforms to the very conventions it lambasts; it mocks dismissive female roles in movies, yet Gabourey Sidibe and Olga Kurylenko barely get a look-in. With its LA setting, narrative digressions and wisecrack-tempered violence, this has a certain Pulp Fiction flavour to it, and a charismatic performance by a rheumy-eyed Walken also gives it heart. Oddball cameos from Tom Waits and Harry Dean Stanton simply add to its instant cult appeal.

Plot Summary

A writer struggling to complete the script for a movie about psychopathic killers turns to his small-time crook friends for advice. He ends up getting more than he bargained for when the criminals kidnap a dog that belongs to a gangster, putting all their lives in danger. Comedy thriller, starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson.

Cast and crew

Cast

Marty
Colin Farrell (2)
Charlie
Woody Harrelson
Billy
Sam Rockwell
Hans
Christopher Walken
Kaya
Abbie Cornish
Angela
Olga Kurylenko
Paulo
Zeljko Ivanek
Zachariah
Tom Waits
Sharice
Gabourey Sidibe
Man in hat
Harry Dean Stanton
Larry
Michael Pitt
Dennis
Kevin Corrigan

Crew

Director
Martin McDonagh

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, sexual references, drug abuse, nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 30 Nov 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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