Kill the Irishman - 4 out of 5
Based on a true story, Kill the Irishman is a sensationalized retelling of the Cleveland legend and Irish mob boss; Danny Greene and his dramatic war against the mafia in the 1970's that ultimately ended up crippling organized crime in the city and contained a whole lot of explosions--enough to make Michael Bay mess his shorts. Ray Stevenson (HBO's Rome and Punisher: War Zone) stars as the Irishman and does such an amazing job that you begin to wonder if starring roles will be a common upcoming theme for the man--hell, if Sam Worthington can be a headlining actor without the ability to act, a man like Stevenson who CAN act should be allowed to have starring roles. Stevenson is also backed up by some great talent in the form of the man who people (including myself) love to imitate; Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, Vincent D'Onofrio and a whole host of great character actors that are too numerous to list. Also Vinnie Jones is in the movie and does a great job for one sole reason: It's one more role that puts his portrayal of The Juggernaut behind us. The story is interesting and the use of real news footage from the era is really cool too. All in all, Kill the Irishman is a slick action film with some great editing, awesome camera work and an addicting story.