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Writer/director Martin McDonagh follows up his hitmen-on-holiday caper
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
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.
A writer struggling to complete the script for a movie about psychopathic killers turns to his criminal friends for advice. He ends up getting more than he bargained for when the small-time crooks 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 & Crew
Colin Farrell (2)
Man in hat
Harry Dean Stanton
Violence, swearing, nudity, sexual references, drug abuse.
DVD and Blu-ray
30 Nov 2012
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