Director : Martin McDonagh
Cast : Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken
Genre : Comedy/Crime
Country of Origin : USA 2012
Language : English 110 mins.
Rating : ****
'Wonderfully entertaining, the cast are pitch perfect and the sharp dialogue driven script makes it a refreshingly individual work with black humour filling the screen'.
Writer-director Martin McDonagh's highly acclaimed 2008 directorial feature debut, 'In Bruges' was a fresh, clever and very funny dialogue driven take on two odd-couple hit men (Colin Farrell) and (Brendan Gleeson) hold up in in the medieval town of Bruges waiting for news from their psychopathic boss (Ralph Fiennes).
Seven Psycopaths opens with two hit men discussing as if from a Tarantino script, the pros and cons of their profession when a masked assassin appears from behind, kills them and leaves a Jack of Diamonds calling card. It's a great opening to this Hollywood tale of fantasy and broken dreams.
Marty (Colin Farrell), an alcoholic Irish screenwriter has a title, Seven Psycopaths but no plot. Billy (Sam Rockwell), an actor turned dognapper introduces him to Hans (Christopher Walken) his older colleague in the dog kidnapping game and they hatch a plan, advertise for eloquent psycopaths to share their experiences - Zachariah (Tom Waites) who toured the country with his black lover slaughtering at will is the first to answer and only wants in return a message to be included in Marty's script asking his black lover to rejoin him, the Vietnamese priest (Long Nguyen) who's either a survivor of the My Lai massacre or a suicidal Buddist priest and Zachariah a Quaker preacher stunningly portrayed by a silent Harry Dean Stanton as the Man in the Hat - the memory of HDS lingers and takes me way back to his classic portrayal of Travis Henderson in Wim Wender's Paris Texas.
Reality kicks in when Billy kidnaps Charlie Costello's (Woody Harrelson) pet shih tzu. Charlie may be a cold terrifyingly ruthless psycopath but his shik tzu melts that cold heart.
Seven Psycopaths is a wonderfully entertaining movie, the cast are pitch perfect and the sharp dialogue driven script makes it a refreshingly individual work with black humour filling the screen.
The climax set in Joshua Tree National Park for the final shoot-out which will complete Marty's screenplay is beautifully shot by Ben Davis with images that linger like a John Ford western.