Charlie, an unethical attorney in a small town, steals $2 million from a local mobster but then remains in town where he is easily found rather than running. It doesn’t help that his partner, a strip club owner, seems to have different ideas about what to do with the money.
John Cusack (Charlie), Billy Bob Thornton (Vic), Randy Quaid (Guerrard), Oliver Platt (Pete), Ned Bellamy (Sidney), Connie Nielsen (Renata), Mike Starr (Gelles), William Dick (Manager), David Pasquesi (Councilman Williams).
The Ice Harvest is an unusual blend of dark comedy and a gangster flick, along with a bit of mystery and suspense thrown in as well. Once character and plot introduction are complete the film slows down for a bit for development. Once done the story begins moving again though rarely in a predictable way. With some twists, misdirection, hints at romance and deception, The Ice Harvest remains fairly entertaining through the end.
Acting was as mixed as the plot but came together pretty well. Cusack delivered his usual, in a role with which he has become familiar. Thronton was also in type lending his flavor of quirky to the film as always. Quaid was a nice addition and added good depth to the film, as did Platt who was hysterical. Nielsen and the remainder of the cast did well.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all solid with nice detail and realism. Action scenes were good and fit the film well without trying to take over. Dialogue was enjoyable throughout and added nicely. Sound was good while the soundtrack was a bit bland.
The Ice Harvest may look cold at first but the film and the cast both warm up nicely to provide an interesting and entertaining film unusual enough to hold interest fairly well. Dark comedy and gangster movie fans should enjoy this the most.
With violence, foul language, sexuality, and nudity save this one for older teens and above.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Comedies, Film Noir, Dark Comedies, Gangster Movies
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