Movie Review: Seven Psychopaths

Details from IMDB:


Seven Psychopaths (2012)

110 min  -  Comedy | Crime  -   12 October 2012 (USA)

Ratings: 7.9/10 from 7,800 users   Metascore: 66/100
Reviews: 56 user | 159 critic | 42 from

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


Martin McDonagh


Martin McDonagh


Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell | See full cast and crew

Initial thoughts:

This movie was just too wacky to pass up. Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell, a kidnapped dog and a gangster? I had to check it out Smile.

Main Points:

This is an unusual movie. At first there is all sorts of action and you think it will be a typical action movie with a big showdown. Then it totally changes and it’s just about 3 guys in a dessert, with a dog, trying to write a movie script and figure out the world. The twist is…well I guess that falls under…


So Farrell’s character is writing a script about 7 Psychopaths and he just happens to be around 7 of them. Also events of the movie come true (often with hilariously dark humour Hot smile) and there some other nice twists and turns. They examine things like writing, love, Hollywood movies, stereotypes, dog lovers, organized crime and alcoholism. And yes it does change yet again and we are given a more traditional shootout until a dog is used as a hostage, with a flare gun (you’ll have to see it Vampire bat).

Colin Farrell is a hit and miss kind of actor for me but the past few years I’ve enjoyed every movie he’s been in, this one included Open-mouthed smile. Sam Rockwell also puts in a very nuanced, odd but still very enjoyable performance here.

Final Thoughts:

Of course I couldn’t finish this without mentioning Christopher Walken. Even though he has been in some crappy movies (Things to do in Denver when you’re dead or the Prophecy just to name a couple) there is just something about him. He has a presence and a way of speaking that can be fascinating to watch. His cameo in Pulp Fiction is amazing and an example of what he can do in a great film.  This is not an amazing film but one I enjoyed and would recommend Thumbs up. 7/10 from me, if you’re looking for something different with some solid performances (did I mention Tom Waits? Holy crap is he creepy!) then why not check it out? Until next time (where I’m hosting 3 blog tour stops! Devil) I am as always…



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