January 15th, 2013, by Rob


Seven Psychopaths

Seven Psychopaths is a 2012 British black comedy film written, co-produced and directed by Martin McDonagh. It stars Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits, and Christopher Walken. The film marks the second collaboration between McDonagh and Farrell, following 2008’s In Bruges.

Seven Psychopaths had its world premiere on 7 September 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was released in the United States and Canada on 12 October 2012, and it was released in the United Kingdom on 7 December 2012.

 

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Movie2k Watch Movies – Seven Psychopaths – Plot

Marty Faranan is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay, Seven Psychopaths. Marty’s best friend, Billy Bickle, is an unemployed actor who makes a living by kidnapping dogs and collecting the owners’ cash rewards for their safe return. His partner in crime is Hans Kieslowski, a religious man with a cancer-stricken wife, Myra. Billy helps Marty with Seven Psychopaths, suggesting he use the “Jack of Diamonds” killer, perpetrator of a recent double murder, as one the seven “psychopaths” in his script. Marty writes a story for another psychopath, the “Quaker”, who stalks his daughter’s killer for decades, driving the killer to suicide and ultimately cutting his own throat to follow him to hell.

Billy and Hans steal a Shih Tzu, Bonny, unaware that it is the beloved pet of Charlie Costello, an unpredictable and violent gangster. Billy places an advertisement in the newspaper inviting “psychopaths” to call and share their “crazy or quirky” stories for him and Marty to use in their script. Charlie’s thugs discover Hans’s connection to the kidnapping. At Billy’s house, they threaten to kill Marty and Hans unless they reveal Bonny’s location, but the Jack of Diamonds killer arrives and shoots the thugs. Marty and Billy meet Zachariah Rigby, who saw the advertisement and came to share his story. In his youth, Zachariah rescued a girl, Maggie, from a killer’s basement. As a couple, they embarked on a long career as “serial killer killers”, travelling America and dispatching murderers, ultimately separating when he became disillusioned with her cruel methods. Marty promises to place a message in the credits of Seven Psychopaths, asking Maggie to contact the regretful Zachariah. Charlie traces Myra to the cancer ward, killing her when she refuses to tell him Hans or Bonny’s whereabouts. Marty, Billy and Hans leave town with Bonny to escape Charlie. Marty tells the Quaker story to Hans, who reveals that it is true: Hans himself was the Quaker, and survived his attempted suicide. Marty unknowingly wrote his story after hearing it from Billy while drunk.

The trio drive into the desert. Billy suggests Seven Psychopaths end with an emotional shootout between the psychopaths and Charlie’s forces. Marty and Hans see a headline saying Billy is wanted in connection with the Jack of Diamonds killings. Marty confronts Billy, who reveals he assumed the Jack of Diamonds persona and went on a killing spree to give Marty inspiration for Seven Psychopaths. Disillusioned, Marty tells Billy they must go home. Meanwhile, Hans has a vision of Myra in a “grey place”. Hans questions his belief in the afterlife, dismissing Marty’s reassurances that his vision was a peyote hallucination. Billy sets fire to the car, stranding the trio in the desert, and calls Charlie, telling him their location. Billy intends to make the climactic shootout he envisioned a reality. Upset by Hans’s loss of faith, Billy claims that he caused the hallucination by impersonating Myra. Hans leaves in disgust.

Charlie arrives alone, armed only with a flare gun. Billy shoots Charlie, enraged that he has not brought the men and weapons required for a satisfying shootout. Hans finds Charlie’s thugs waiting for a flare signal nearby. Marty drives away with Charlie, intending to bring him to a hospital. Billy realises the flare gun’s purpose and fires a flare. Hans motions as if to draw a weapon, causing Charlie’s thugs shoot him in front of police. The thugs head towards Billy’s flare, police in pursuit, only to encounter Marty and Charlie’s car on the road. Charlie reveals that he only suffered a flesh wound. Now with backup, Charlie returns to Billy and Bonny’s location. After a shootout, Charlie and Billy have a stand-off, holding Marty and Bonny hostage respectively. Charlie releases Marty and shoots Billy just as the police arrive. Charlie is arrested, but Bonny stays at the dying Billy’s side. Marty visits the scene of Hans’s death, and finds that the item for which he reached into his jacket is a tape recorder with suggestions for Seven Psychopaths. Later, Marty finishes the screenplay at home, having adopted Bonny as a pet. Marty steps outside and walks down the street, script in hand.

In a post-credits scene, Marty receives a phone call from Zachariah, who has just watched Seven Psychopaths and seen that Marty has forgotten to include a message for Maggie in the credits. Zachariah tells Marty that he will be over to kill him on Tuesday. On hearing Marty’s resigned acceptance, Zachariah realizes that Marty’s experiences have left him a changed man, and decides to spare him for the time being.

 

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Movie2k Watch Movies – Seven Psychopaths – Cast

Colin Farrell as Marty Faranan
Christopher Walken as Hans Kieslowski
Sam Rockwell as Billy Bickle
Woody Harrelson as Charlie Costello
Tom Waits as Zachariah Rigby
Abbie Cornish as Kaya
Olga Kurylenko as Angela
Željko Ivanek as Paulo
Linda Bright Clay as Myra
Long Nguyen as Vietnamese Priest
Harry Dean Stanton as Man in Hat
Amanda Mason Warren as Maggie
James Hébert as Killer
Christine Marzano as The Hooker
Kevin Corrigan as Dennis
Gabourey Sidibe as Sharice
Michael Pitt as Larry
Michael Stuhlbarg as Tommy
Helena Mattsson as Blonde Lady

Movie2k Watch Movies – Seven Psychopaths – Production

The first casting announcements were made on 12 May 2011. The film was made through the production company HanWay.

Mickey Rourke dropped out of The Expendables 2 to star in the film. He later dropped out of Seven Psychopaths after having disagreements with McDonagh, calling him a “jerk-off.” He was replaced by Woody Harrelson. On the incident, McDonagh said “I was fine with it. Mickey’s a great actor […] I’ve known Woody [Harrelson] for years and years, and he was a perfect choice for this, too. He’s got those great dramatic elements, which he’s shown in Rampart recently, and he’s always been a fantastic comedian. You need that in this — someone who can be out-and-out funny, but also turn sinister on a dime.”

Filming was completed late 2011. The first set photos were revealed on 11 November 2011. The North American release date was 12 October 2012.

Movie2k Watch Movies – Seven Psychopaths – Music

The film’s score was composed by Carter Burwell, who previously composed the score to McDonaugh’s In Bruges. Lakeshore Records released the soundtrack digitally on 23 October 2012, with a physical release date set for 20 November 2012.

Movie2k Watch Movies – Seven Psychopaths – Reception

Seven Psychopaths – Box office performance

Seven Psychopaths was released on 12 October 2012, and opened in 1,480 theaters in the United States, grossing $1,360,000 on its opening day and $4,275,000 on its opening weekend, ranking No. 9 with a per theater average of $2,889. On its second weekend, it dropped down to No. 11 and grossed $3,273,480, with a per theater average of $2,212. By its third weekend it dropped down even more to No. 15 and made $1,498,350, with a per theater average of $1,494.

 

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Seven Psychopaths – Critical response

The film received positive reviews from the film critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 81% based on 187 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film holds an average score of 66%, based on 43 reviews, which indicates “generally favourable reviews.”

Eric Kohn of IndieWire gave the film a positive review and a “A-” grade, praising McDonagh’s writing, stating that it “hits a unique pitch between dark, bloody satire and interpersonal conflicts that makes his finest work play like a combination of Quentin Tarantino and Aaron Sorkin.” About the film itself, he wrote: “A less controlled and slapdash character piece than In Bruges, McDonagh’s new movie benefits greatly from a plethora of one-liners that toy with crime movie clichés in the unlikely context of writerly obsessions.” Claudia Puig of USA Today also gave the film a positive review, writing that “men in movies are often just overgrown boys, and Seven Psychopaths is out to prove it — in the most twisted, hilarious way possible.” Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four, he praised the performances of main cast members and McDonagh’s writing, he stating that “Walken sometimes leans toward self-parody, but here his performance has a delicate, contained strangeness. All of the actors are good, and Farrell wisely allows the showier performances to circle around him. Like any screenwriter — like Tarantino, for example, who is possibly McDonagh’s inspiration here — he brings these people into being and stands back in amazement.” About the film, he added: “This is a delightfully goofy, self-aware movie that knows it is a movie.” Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a “B+” grade, stating: “An energetically demented psycho-killer comedy set in faux-noir L.A., Seven Psychopaths rollicks along to the unique narrative beat and language stylings of Anglo-Irish writer-director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), channeling Quentin Tarantino.”

David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter praised the performances of the main cast members, he stated: “As creatively bankrupt Marty, Farrell is in subdued mode here, his performance largely defined by the endless expressivity of his eyebrows. He serves as an excellent foil for Rockwell, whose line readings continually dance between knowingness and idiocy, and Walken, who ventures as far into deadpan as you can go while remaining conscious. And Harrelson has fun contrasting his devotion to Bonny with his contempt for humanity.” He wrote about the film that “while it’s way behind the Pulp Fiction curve, Seven Psychopaths can be terrifically entertaining.” Catherine Shoard of The Guardian gave the film four stars out of five, indicating a positive review, she wrote: “There are scenes of complete brilliance, Walken is better than he’s been in years, cute plot loops and grace notes.” Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film three stars out of four, stating: “Blood splatters, heads explode, and McDonagh takes sassy, self-mocking shots at the very notion of being literary in Hollywood. It’s crazy-killer fun.” Ty Burr of Boston Globe also gave the film three stars out of four, stating that the film is “absurdly entertaining even after it disappears up its own hindquarters in the last act, and it gives some of our weirder actors ample room to play.”

Michael Phillips of Chicago Tribune gave the film three stars out of four, writing that “the result is a clever, violent daydream. But McDonagh’s skill behind the camera has grown considerably since In Bruges. And the way he writes, he’s able to attract the ideal actors into his garden of psychopathology.” Dana Stevens of Slate magazine gave the film a positive review, stating: “It’s at once a gangster movie, a buddy comedy, and a meta-fictional exploration of the limits of both genres – and if that sounds impossible to pull off, well, McDonagh doesn’t, quite. But the pure sick brio of Seven Psychopaths takes it a long way.” Richard Corliss of Time magazine also gave the film a positive review, writing that “small in stature but consistently entertaining, Seven Psychopaths is a vacation from consequence for the Tony- and Oscar-winning author, and an unsupervised play date for his cast of screw-loose stars.” James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave the film two-and-a-half stars out of four, stating: “On balance, one could argue that Seven Psychopaths warrants a better rating than a mediocre **1/2, but the aftertaste is so bitter that it diminishes the sweetness that started off the meal.”

Peter Debruge of Variety magazine, gave the film a mixed review, stating that “the film’s overall tone is so cartoony, it’s easy to imagine someone spinning off a macabre animated series of the same name…..” and that “compared to McDonagh’s best work for stage (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) and screen (In Bruges), Seven Psychopaths feels like either an older script knocking around the bottom of a drawer or a new one hastily tossed off between more ambitious projects.” Kevin Jagernauth of The Playlist also gave the film a mixed review, stating that while “somewhat spastic and overcooked, Seven Psychopaths might have a few too many.”

 

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