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Seven Psychopaths

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A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

At a time when pop culture-savvy assassins run a dime a dozen, In Bruges, the first film from Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, registered as a brilliant anomaly: a literate, mordantly funny hit man movie that didn't lean on the standard Tarantinoisms. (If the director had a cinematic inspiration, it was more likely Stephen Frears's masterful 1984 film The Hit.) Seven Psychopaths, McDonagh's follow-up, strikes a much broader vein, melding parody, self-referential humor, and clever meta-fiction into one big splattery ball. Buckle up, basically. Colin Farrell plays an Irish screenwriter named, er, Martin who is terminally stuck on his latest script, an ultraviolent affair named "Seven Psychopaths." (We mentioned that this is meta, right?) Desperate for an ending, he turns to his lowlife friend (Sam Rockwell) for inspiration. As his new writing partner's suggestions get increasingly detailed, Martin realizes that the insanity is no longer constrained to the page. Tom Waits shows up at one point, because this is the kind of movie that this is. It takes a strong director to hold together this amount of whirling chaos, and McDonagh proves himself up to the task (mostly), with the game work from his leads abetted by vivid supporting turns from Kevin Corrigan, Woody Harrelson, and Harry Dean Stanton, whose brief appearance cries out for a spinoff all of his own. McDonagh's true ace in the hole, though, is Christopher Walken, who is simply astounding as an aging dognapper with one lulu of a backstory. Walken's ability to go way over the top has been well documented, but here he underplays, a decision that ultimately stabilizes the film's hurtling, streaky bursts of inspiration. No matter how goofy the movie around him gets, he's always one step beyond. --Andrew Wright

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  • Colin Farrell is Marty
  • Woody Harrelson is Charlie
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    • Actors: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson
    • Directors: Martin McDonagh
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: CBS Films
    • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2013
    • Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2017 (Click here for more information)
    • Run Time: 110 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,909 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B007REV4LQ
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,542 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    112 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Inkhorn VINE VOICE on October 13, 2012
    Format: DVD
    Martin McDonagh, among the best known Irish directors previously won an Oscar for the short movie Six shooter A Collection of 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films although he is perhaps best known for the acclaimed In Brugesalso starring Colin Farrell, a dark comedy with tragic overtones about two hitmen on the run.

    I first heard of this movie last year when I saw the movie The Guard directed by his brother Michael John. A trademark of the McDonaghs is dark humor mixed with some irony and perhaps even some philosophy together with some absurdity. As I loved The Guard so much and it has the biggest domestic box office of any Irish movie ever made, I looked forward to this latest movie with more than a little anticipation.

    If you're like me and like American directors who also write such as Tarantino with Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill, or the Coen Brothers with No Country for Old Men, I think you will also like this.

    Seven Psychopaths centers around an Irish screenwriter nemed Martin played by Colin Farrell planning to write a movie about seven psychopaths. Life begins to imitate art as a similar tableau to the one he writes about starts to unfold in real life.

    Woody Harrelson plays Sam a local organised crime leader whose dog is kidnapped by Walken and Sam Rockwell's character who happen to be friends of Martin. Sam cares more about dogs than people. The real mixes with the imaginary in very intriguing ways, and kept the movie audience entertained. I particularly liked the scenes with the Vietnamese priest and the hooker, and the Quaker story.
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    43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 14, 2012
    Format: DVD
    Some 3-4 years ago, director Martin McDonagh teamed up with Colin Farrell in an absurd but very funny crime comedy called "In Bruges". I loved that movie (and not just because it was filmed in the Belgian city of Bruges, where I spent my high school years). Now comes another crime comedy from the same team.

    "Seven Psychopaths" (2012 release; 110 min.) brings the story of Marty (played by Farrell), a struggling writer who is working on a movie script called "Seven Psychopaths". His buddy Billy (played by Sam Rockwell) is volunteering to help in any way possible. At some point Billy steals a little dog, and only later do we learn that the dog's owner is Charlie (played by Woody Harrelson), a dangerous gangster who is out for revenge. Last, but certainly not least, there is Hans (played by Christopher Walken), a buddy of Billy's. There are a bunch of smaller characters in the movie. To be honest, I had a hard time keeping track of the multitude of characters, and the fact that part of the movie is a recreation of the script that Marty is writing. A script within the script, so to speak. After a while I simply let go of it all, and just watched the movie for what it is, regardless of the actual or percieved plot lines: another absurd (and I do mean that as a compliment) crime drama.

    Couple of side comments: with apologies to Colin Farrell, but in my opinion Sam Rockwell steals the movie. His acting is sharp and he brings his character in a way that made me smile if not laugh out loud, just by seeing him. I also was surprised to see that this movie is not just playing at the art house here in Cincinnati (where I saw it), but also at a number of mainstream mulitplexes.
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    Martin McDonagh made his feature film debut when he wrote and directed the improbable hit man black comedy "In Bruges" in 2008. "Seven Psychopaths" bears his signature violence, political incorrectness, and dark humor. A mystery assassin known as the "Jack of Diamonds Killer" is running around Los Angeles killing criminally violent people. Meanwhile Marty (Colin Farrell), a frustrated screenwriter, is stuck partway through a storyline that was given to him by his friend Billy (Sam Rockwell), partner of Hans (Christopher Walken) in a dog-kidnapping racket. Billy and Hans steal dogs from rich people and return them for a reward. But this time Billy has kidnapped Bonny, a Shih Tzu belonging to Charlie Costello (Woody Harrelson), a violent single-minded gangster who really wants his dog back...and who may have met his match in Billy.

    McDonagh's films can never be accused of being hackneyed. This is a fresh, thoughtful, multi-layered satire. It's violent. It's very funny at times. But "Seven Psychopaths" is so thematically complex and reflexive that I often felt that McDonagh was overthinking the whole thing. Reflexive to the point of self-mockery, placing revenge narratives within revenge narratives, satirizing violent movies and their audience while exploiting them to make a point, the film is certainly clever. But perhaps it is more clever than good. Its comment on revenge is strange and a little inscrutable. Sam Rockwell plays Billy's crazy character to great effect. But the racial component is also strange, and the whole exercise is so crowded with ideas that it loses coherence. Sometimes McDonagh hits the mark with his brash dialogue. Other times, he falls flat.

    "You're the one who thought psychopaths were so interesting.
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