Marty (Farrell) is a script writer who has a great story about seven psychopaths in his head but he’s got one little problem: he’s got no idea which characters he actually has to use and as such he’s got nothing on paper other than a title.
His friend and actor Billy (Rockwell) makes up the perfect psychopath for him and as such Marty allows him to come on board as co-writer. What Marty doesn’t know, however, is that Billy in his daily routine is a hustler who in cooperation with Hans steals people’s dogs to then give them back for a small fee. When Billy abducts the Shih Tzu of a notorious gangster things go very wrong very quickly and Marty ends up in a game of cat and mouse in which he gets more inspiration for “Seven Psychopaths” than he had ever imagined.
Martin McDonagh, writer and director of In Bruges, is back with again Colin Farrell in the lead of a movie. This time Farrell gets to play a fictive version of his director, surrounded by a number of completely crazy characters in a story that isn’t much less insane. Think of early Guy Ritchie movies, but with an American twist.
The result as such isn’t bad, but does miss the British flair. Seven Psychopaths is a dark crime comedy with a good setup and decent acting but the movie misses what made titles like Snatch or Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels become cult movies. We can’t name it, but there’s something missing.
The image quality is good, even though the level of detail isn’t Always as consistent. Also there’s some intentional grain present and the contrast is pumped up a bit. The sound is mainly focused on the front and except for some music and a single explosion towards the end, the rear speakers aren’t used at all.