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Directed by Martin McDonagh
Starring: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits
Produced by: Graham Broadbent
Famed Anglo-Irish playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh marks his first foray into the Hollywood action film with a knowing and uproariously funny send-up of our cultural fascination with big, dumb violence. It’s so self-aware, in fact, that it’s almost a parody of the meta-action film—think Quentin Tarantino eating his own tail with juicy sides of The Player and Get Shorty. Colin Farrell (star of McDonagh’s 2008 cult classic, In Bruges) plays Marty, a struggling LA screenwriter working on the titular script, aided by his seriously off-kilter buddy Billy (Sam Rockwell). Billy and partner-in-crime Hans (Christopher Walken), meanwhile, steal the beloved Shih Tzu of a decidedly deranged gangster (Woody Harrelson), now bent on revenge. Throw in Tom Waits as a bunny-cuddling serial killer and Harry Dean Stanton as an Amish sociopath, and Seven Psychopaths becomes a delirious, quotation-filled exercise in absurd, macho Hollywood tropes that nevertheless keeps its audience in on the very amusing joke.
Film Note Writer: Michelle Devereaux