Colin Farrell plays Marty, a struggling screenwriter in Hollywood (join the club) whose alcoholism and writer’s block leaves him frustratingly uninspired to finish his latest screenplay,Seven Psychopaths.
With the release of this film and Argo last week, October has become “movies about movies” month. I’m already growing tired of it.
Marty’s friend, Billy, played by the always incredible Sam Rockwell, is an erratic actor, who steals dogs for a living. Billy’s elder business associate is Hans, played by the never-not-amazing Christopher Walken, who returns the pups Billy steals to their rightful owners and is thusly rewarded.
Everything about this morally reprehensible scheme is copasetic until they steal a Shih Tzu named Bonny that belongs to an emotionally unstable crime boss named Charlie (Woody Harrelson). From that point on the movie then becomes your classic revenge flick.
While Marty, Billy and Hans attempt to avoid the eventual wrath of the crime boss, they learn about each other’s psychopathic tendencies and pasts.
Numerous flashbacks, some more poignant than others, are threaded throughout the movie to keep the viewer attentive (and awake). Almost each contains a gruesome depiction of murder and extreme gore accompanied by a less-than-fulfilling voice over.
The impressively talented ensemble cast did a fairly good job with their empty, uninteresting characters. But Farrell’s cringe-worthy performance left a lot to be desired. Any emotional scene he was in left me chuckling or shaking my head at the lack of connection between he and the other actors. I could tell he was acting, and not well.
On the brighter side, Tom Waits played an insanely believable bunny-petting psychopath by the name of Zachariah. It’s a shame his story wasn’t given more attention. Christopher Walken can do no wrong in my eyes. His oddly intriguing line-deliveries and trademark monochromatic expressions made him the most believable character of all.
Unfortunately, even with a handful of good performances, Seven Psychopaths falls flat in execution. The film fails to maintain the momentum it built in the first scene. There are lulls throughout that had me checking my watch to see how much longer this agony would continue. This movie lives up to it’s name: where it could’ve been clever, it turns out to be psychopathic.
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