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by James Newcombe (subscribe)
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Published November 27th 2012
Takes 'pot shots' at gratuitous Hollywood violence
The two main characters. Photo courtesy Official website

Seven Psychopaths is a parody of the violent movies that have graced our screens since Quentin Tarantino came on the scene in 1992 with Reservoir Dogs. The story centres around Marty (Colin Farrell) a cowardly, alcoholic writer trying to write his next big hit. His best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell), a loopy unemployed actor, is in business with religious Hans (Christopher Walken). They kidnap the dogs of rich people and return them later to collect the reward. Things go awry when Billy steals the prized Shih Tzu of gangster Charlie (Woody Harrelson). Charlie is hell-bent on revenge, and there is also a serial killer on the loose to add plenty of fodder for Marty's story.

7 Psychopaths has a shot at the violence in films whilst indulging in it. Photo courtesy Official website.

Tom Wait's has a great cameo as retired serial killer Zachariah who tries to provide some insight into the world of serial killing for Marty's screenplay. Amid all the gory violence and killing the movie has a stab (pardon the pun) at religion, drink driving, alcoholism, political correctness and the abuse of women. If you like irreverent, bloody movies spiced with some tongue in cheek comedy then this might be the movie for you.

Harrelson relishes the role of the psycho gangster while Walken takes deadpan to the extreme. Photo courtesy Official website.

The thing I liked about this movie is that it doesn't take itself too seriously, and offers a couple of alternative endings. This black, ensemble comedy doesn't quite live up to the great premise, despite some wonderful ham acting and scene stealing performances from Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell.

3 and a half out of 5.
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Your Comment
I really enjoyed this movie. Walkin and Rockwell were fantastic. While it did leave me and my friend mouthing to each other, 'Did they REALLY just say that/do that??!'... it was a refreshing change from the usual slapstick comedies that are way too predictable.
by Yvette Chapman (score: 1|24) 1938 days ago
I would give it a 1 out of 5, it wasted 2 hrs of my life
by manda (score: 0|2) 1939 days ago
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