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Seven Psychopaths
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Feb 19, 2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Martin McDonagh

Actors:
Colin Farrell
Woody Harrelson
Sam Rockwell

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A writer struggling with his new screenplay entitled "Seven Psychopaths", gets more than he bargained for when his outrageous best friend puts and add in the paper to attract any and all psychopaths available, whilst at the same time inviting the anger one such psycho after kidnapping his dog.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I loved Martin McDonagh's IN BRUGES, which was an intelligent, deep and sometimes funny take on contract killing and after watching the trailer for SEVEN PSYCHOPATHES, the pitch and tone both felt the same so I was stoked. The good news is I enjoyed both films, but with this one, I did feel there were moments of lag (easily fixed with a bit of editing) coupled with some odd moments (I'll get to those later), but all in all, there isn't much to complain about here if you like McDonagh's style.

Colin Farrell got shit on HARD for TOTAL RECALL, which is a shame because I'm a big fan of Farrell and have been since AMERICAN OUTLAWS (god I need to watch that movie again). Farrell, to me, has great range and exceptional depth when trying to focus on a character. I was really feeling his drunken writer vibe and loved his always amusing banter with best friend Sam Rockwell (Billy) and his sobering reactions to the many off-the-wall characters and situations he finds himself in. One thing's for certain, as a writer, he hit the jackpot as far as story material goes.

The hunt for the right psychopaths is as dark and creepy as it is hilarious. One of the funniest moments in the film is when Billy puts an ad in the paper looking for psychos (attaching Marty's name and phone number), add to that the less than reputable job of "dog snatching" for rewards, a hitman who only kills mob people and a mob boss whose a little too obsessed with his dog and you're beginning to see what's in store for you here. What you don't immediately see is the raw depth we get by way of our psychos. Hans is a brilliant character with a tremendous storyline, but I can't say anymore than that. Without giving too much away, I'll say that a certain side character (Zachariah) steals the show with a powerful performance you won't see coming.

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS is far from your run of the mill noir comedy. Much like IN BRUGES, it goes beyond the source material and takes a deeper look into human behavior, the nature of sin and how people generally tend to perceive the world. That said, there are moments that zap you out of this dream almost immediately. The one scene I can't shake is (I won't spoil it with too much detail) when someone gets shot in the head, yet still manages to say some stuff and retain bodily functions for awhile. You'll know it when you see it, and will no doubt shake your head or roll your eyes. I'll be honest, it's a minor point, but an obvious one that can't be overlooked. This type of thing aside, I had a lot of fun with this flick and recommend it if you're into this sort of thing.
THE EXTRAS
Martin McDonagh/Colin Farrell is Marty/Woody Harrelson is Charlie: All three are about a minute to minute and a half long and feature a quick blurb about the flick or character from the actor (or director's) perspective. Slim pickings here, and where the hell is my man the Jack O' Diamonds?

Crazy Locations: It's all about the shootout baby! But really we get a quick look at L.A. and then some desert specs. Why is it everyone's always doing peyote in the desert?

Seven Psychocats: A weird as hell couple minutes of scenes...where cats replace the actors. I think they were still on peyote when this was conceived.

Layers: A minute of quick takes of one liners with characters. Kinda worthless really.

Previews: There are a couple trailers as well as an Ultraviolet Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I'm a big fan of noir action/comedies and this one fits that bill perfectly. The writing is intelligent, the story engaging and there's enough comedy to break the tension when and where it's needed. The only sour note comes by way of the extras as they completely suck.
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2:04AM on 02/19/2013
Good movie, I really liked it too.
Good movie, I really liked it too.
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2:59AM on 02/19/2013
I agree that this film has some problem (though I still rated it an 8/10 because the parts that work work big time) but a guy talking after being shot in the head is not one of them. First of all, I'm not a doctor but I'm pretty sure it's not impossible, and second even if it is bullshit it kind of fits in with the rest of the weirdness. Personally, I was actually slightly let down by the dialogue, which, though still better than in any other run-of-the-mill flick, appears to be trying to
I agree that this film has some problem (though I still rated it an 8/10 because the parts that work work big time) but a guy talking after being shot in the head is not one of them. First of all, I'm not a doctor but I'm pretty sure it's not impossible, and second even if it is bullshit it kind of fits in with the rest of the weirdness. Personally, I was actually slightly let down by the dialogue, which, though still better than in any other run-of-the-mill flick, appears to be trying to rekindle the magic from In Bruges but doesn't entirely succeed and often just comes off as convoluted, overly-stylized and several times even down-right weak. But the biggest problem, for me, is when they go out into the dessert, I know what Mr. McDonagh is doing there and why but I was still really disappointed to see the fast tempo and quickfire humour fade away for the most part. Having said that, I'm utterly confident that this shift in tone will go down way better upon repeated viewings, very much like the appearance of vampires in From Dusk Till Dawn.
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4:02AM on 02/19/2013

That's just great.

I loved the film. In Bruges is a 9/10 movie, where this is 8/10. It was deeply moving and funny at the same time, which is hard to pull off for even the greatest writer, director and actors involved, but here it was executed with perfection. As for the talking with a bullet in the head, even though it was unnecessary, its not totally unbelievable. There are many cases of such events and I'm positive Martin McDonagh would argue that fact.
I loved the film. In Bruges is a 9/10 movie, where this is 8/10. It was deeply moving and funny at the same time, which is hard to pull off for even the greatest writer, director and actors involved, but here it was executed with perfection. As for the talking with a bullet in the head, even though it was unnecessary, its not totally unbelievable. There are many cases of such events and I'm positive Martin McDonagh would argue that fact.
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11:24AM on 02/20/2013
Not as tight as In Bruges, though that's to be expected when you're dealing with more characters. I laughed more during this movie than anything else that came out last year though. Hans might just be my favorite character from last year, too.
Not as tight as In Bruges, though that's to be expected when you're dealing with more characters. I laughed more during this movie than anything else that came out last year though. Hans might just be my favorite character from last year, too.
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