Blu-ray Review: KILL THE IRISHMAN

by: J.C. De Leon
June 15th, 2011

In the world of professional crime, many a film has been set, and while a good portion of them have been based on real life criminals, it can be a strange concept to root for some of these characters. Occasionally though, a gangster film can still achieve a level of depth and excitement. KILL THE IRISHMAN isn't a film on that quite high a level, but it's still an overall entertaining film with a great cast.

Based on true events, the film charts the story Irish gangster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson) and his climb up the criminal ranks in Cleveland's union system in the 1970's. It isn't until his ambitions of a corrupt Union system begin to interfere with local Mafioso interests that Greene becomes the target of several assassination attempts, but proves difficult to kill. This is where the film, thankfully, picks up its pace considerably.

As great as the cast is, it's far from any of their best work. The source material isn't the best and that might have translated into less than stellar performances. KILL THE IRISHMAN definitely has influences whose qualities it would like to emulate, and it's got the cast to get the job done, but the cast doesn't rise to the occasion. It's still an entertaining film, but with so many other gangster movie options, this one could end up getting skipped over, even though there is a mildly entertaining movie here. Plus, it's hard to pass up anything Christopher Walken is in.

Official list of extras:

• Danny Greene: The Rise and Fall of the Irishman - The documentary here is focused on the real life events that inspired the film and is actually very interesting. There are interviews with government agents, retired gangsters and interviews with Greene's family interlaced with archive footage that take us through his life and eventual death. It's not the most compelling documentary, but does provide a more thorough look at Danny Greene than the main feature does.

• Trailer

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