Kill the Irishman is the story of Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson). Danny started out as a lowly dock worker in Cleveland who happened to be a bit of a tough guy with a soft heart for his fellow poor Irish-Americans. What should you do if you find yourself in a bit of trouble with the mob? Interrupt Danny having sex and have him settle the dispute for you, obviously.
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I haven't really seen much of Ray Stevenson's work, but he seems like a perfectly serviceable tough guy. He appears tough, looks mean, and handles his lines capably. Not outstanding work, but not bad. Vincent D'Onofrio, on the other hand, took a fairly dull role and gave it some life. If his part was written just a bit better, I would have really enjoyed his performance. Similarly, Christopher Walken shows up as a money man and is amusing, as always; aside from speaking the line "Kill the Irishman," though, it's a pretty forgettable performance.
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Kill the Irishman was directed and co-written by Jonathan Hensleigh. The film is told in a coherent enough fashion, although you might expect a little more art if you've been spoiled by Coppola or Scorsese mob flicks. My biggest gripe is that the story is so familiar. I get it, this is based on a true story. That doesn't mean that it has to be entirely predictable. The script isn't even clever or filled with memorable characters, either; there is nothing about this story that stands out, aside from the main mobster being Irish. Hell, I bet 40% of the script has stage directions for the actors to scowl.
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Hensleigh doesn't do a bad job with Kill the Irishman, but he does turn out a mostly forgettable film. The movie isn't worth watching for fancy direction or great acting, and the story is pretty basic stuff. It could have been worse, but a story about a guy who takes on the mob could be so much better than this.