vrijdag 13 maart 2015

100 Movie Challenge 2015 - # 38: The Ice Harvest

Director: Harold Ramis
Genre: Comedy/ Crime/ Thriller
Runtime: 92 minutes
Year: 2005
Starring: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen, Ned Bellamy, Mike Starr, Oliver Platt

Description: A shady lawyer (John Cusack) attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner (Billy Bob Thornton), a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.

Review: Christmas Eve is a traditional, cozy night where you spend time with your family and loved ones. In “The Ice Harvest” it’s not that idyllic. Because like they say in the movie: “Only morons are nice on Christmas”.
Lawyer Charlie and partner Vic stole money from Charlie’s boss. Before they can run away, they have a few hours to kill. They want to act as normal as possible, but off course that doesn’t happen. A man called Roy, a hitman working for Charlie’s boss, is looking for the two men. When it comes to money, you can’t trust anyone. Vic isn’t planning on sharing the money with Charlie.
One of the first things you notice in “The Ice Harvest”, is the film-noir style. Especially in the character of Renata, Charlie’s love interest. Renata is an old school femme fatale. The dialogues in the movie are very good, only a shame that the story develops slowly.
“The Ice Harvest” is a dark comedy. John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton are perfect for this genre. Cusack is the one you sympathize with and Thornton is, as always, a little bit weird. Their collaboration is surprising and fun.
“The Ice Harvest” is an anti-Christmas movie, with great humor and a good cast. Great for the fans of film-noir movies and dark humor.

Rating: 4/ 5

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