#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – The true story of Danny Greene, an impoverished but charismatic young Irish-American who rises to power as president of the longshoreman’s local union and is charged with corruption but evades serious jail time by becoming an FBI informant. With fearless nerve he joins forces with a Mafia gangster to rise to power in Cleveland’s underworld, gaining the reputation of a Robin Hood-like figure with nine lives as he escapes countless assassination attempts.
Plot: Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, Kill the Irishman chronicles Greene’s heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob.
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True story of famous ’70’s Cleveland based Irish mobster Danny Greene
I’ve been pretty excited about getting my hands on this film for some time now without knowing very much about it. But watch the trailer and if you’re a fan of your ‘Goodfellas,’ ‘Donnie Brasco’s and ‘Casino’s then you’ll probably relate.
‘Kill The Irishman’ has been called the best film since ‘Goodfellas’ as was stated on the DVD box that came in the mail today. Now all that tells a man to begin with is that the film is the best imitation of ‘Goodfellas’ there’s been since ‘Goodfellas’ was introduced to cinemas and VHS tapes. Fear not, it is actually good enough to compare to the many times already aforementioned gangster classic and what comes as a surprise is pretty much everything about the film.
Firstly, a synopsis. Danny Greene’s story – narrated by Val Kilmer (who lends some heavy support throughout the film) – tells of a tough Irishman working the grain silos at the Cleveland Docks whose rise to infamy begins when he goes to work for the mafia after a jail term for larceny makes headlines due to his muscling in on his former factory boss’s business.
Greene is an old fashioned street fighting man who will stand up to anybody and although readily willing to commit crimes to make money, he is an honest and caring man by nature and this quickly endears us to the complex character so easily portrayed by Irish-born up and coming actor Ray Stevenson. I say up and coming but if you’re British you’ll already know him for television and minor film roles. If you’re American you may know him for ‘King Arthur’, ‘Outpost’, ‘Book of Eli’ and ‘Punisher: War Zone’.
As events unfold and just as Greene became unhappy with his factory boss, he sees the mafia acting unfairly, abusively and little involved. He declares that he will go into business for himself, meaning that he will inevitably have to declare war on the Italian mafia.
Naturally, what follows is the titular plot; the mafia attempting and failing over the duration of many years to hit the unflappable Irishman as he goes to great lengths to rub it in their faces and get revenge where necessary.
The film, based mostly in Cleveland throughout post-war ’70’s America, looks and feels authentic but it is the strong, earthy Irish charm that sets it apart from all those old classic I-tallian-American gangster films and a style of film-making that sometimes takes you back even as far as the forties for its occasionally rich film-noir texture.
What I find amazing because this is actually no huge Hollywood film is that ‘Kill The Irishman’ boasts a hugely classic cast including Val Kilmer (Heat), Christopher Walken (explanation???), Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas) and Robert Davi (Die Hard and The Goonies) to name a few. They’re all very admirably cast in familiar roles, some unfamiliar which works in favour of plot tiwsts, and help to endear us towards a film that is actually very down to earth and sometimes even hilarious for a such a darkly toned crime drama.
What surprised me the most is the link I made earlier on as I looked over the cast and crew of the film. Ray Stevenson (the last man to portray killer ex-military vigilante Frank Castle AKA The Punisher) being directed as the film’s lead by Jonathan Hensleigh, director of the 2004 Thomas Jane version of The Punisher. And the team works brilliantly. Hensleigh who I associated with slow and simplistic storytelling since the latter has really thrown a curveball with this one and I can’t help but wonder; what if Hensleigh had directed Stevenson as the Punisher instead, what kind of comic crime caper would we have gotten then? Kill The Irishman boasts some hilariously offensive dialogue that cannot be mistaken for anything but Irish, the film to me at first glance was authentic and quite realistic and I recommend it to everyone with a fully functioning brain and heart. ‘Kill The Irishman’ is one of the best dramas on offer at this moment!
Authentic setting spoilt by schoolboy errors
Designed to be an authentic gangster flick in the vein of Scorcese classics we all know and love, ‘Kill The Irishman’ aimed high but missed by a distance due to some poor choices in fundamental areas.
I wont recite the plot for you, you can read that above if you want to. The aim of this review is to highlight 3 reasons why lovers of gangster films like myself, will find this one lacking: 1. The main character, Danny Greene aka The Irishman. The central character pulls the audience in and holds the story together. Why cast someone incapable and completely devoid of any emotion? Every single scene Ray Stevenson appears to have turned up to read some lines, then left with his paycheck.
If I’m not emotionally invested in the character the movie centres around, every scene, not matter how well it’s shot, will only ever be eye candy at best. There was clearly budget for some real talent, since the supporting roles made this watchable. Why not invest it in the right place? 2. The hook. (spoiler alert) The scene which pulls the audience in is a car bomb which Greene survives. This is a key scene right at the beginning, why cut corners and super impose fire on a car that clearly isn’t burning? It cheapens the scene and insults the audience. This was repeated on other scenes later in the movie although there were some well done genuine explosions towards the end so it defies logic why the key scene was so poorly handled.
3. The script. It wasn’t awful but everyone pretty much just said what they were expected to say at any given time. There were no quirky characters, everyone was either a generic gangster or a generic civilian. Great characters in a gangster movies; Joe Pesci’s characters in both Goodfellas and Casino, Ray Liotta’s character in Goodfellas. Every gangster in this movie could just as easily been listed as ‘Gangster no. X’. Cookie cutter. This extends to how the story unfolds too. When a key character is uncharacteristically happy and the background music is the same, it’s blatantly obvious he/she is about to meet their end. Cookie cutter, meets but does not exceed expectation.
The sets, wardrobe and cinematography were great so if sight is the only sense available to you, you’ll rate this flick highly (the only explanation I can give for the current 7.1 stars it has on IMDb).
Overall this flick could’ve been great had the fundamentals been right. As it stands, it’s a swing and a miss.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 46 min (106 min)
Genre Biography, Crime, Drama
Director Jonathan Hensleigh
Writer Jonathan Hensleigh (screenplay), Jeremy Walters (screenplay), Rick Porrello (book)
Actors Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken
Awards 1 nomination.
Production Company Code Entertainment
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Sony CineAlta F23
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Digital
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), HDCAM SR (1080p/24) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm