The Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, and now the Seven Psychopaths. These guys are more likely to shoot a bullet through your brain before helping you out. After setting you on fire.
Seven Psychopaths is unusual in structure as it attempts to break down the action movie stereotypes as screenwriter Marty (Colin Farrell) attempts to write a psychopath story which avoids ending in a bloody shoot out. What he plans to write is gained from the psychos he meets in his every day life, a group he ends up involved with thanks to having a nutty friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) who kidnaps dogs for a living. After kidnapping the dog of a crazy gangster Charlie (Woody Harrelson), things quickly get dicey and the bloodshed begins. It’s a tale of stolen dogs, fictional psychopaths, real psychopaths and enjoying life by talking in the desert. As one would expect.
The film is morbidly dark, yet often hilarious, much like the stellar In Bruges. Little stories of psychopaths be they real or not add a great deal of depth to proceedings, though often pop up with little relation to current events. They eventually tie together, but Seven Psychopaths feels fractured with a fuzzy direction. Certain scenes feel lost as they pop up briefly before the next barrage of jokes and gore. It’s a good job that tales of the Vietcong Priest, serial killers of serial killers and Hans (Christopher Walken) the man who dodged a trip to hell are so enthralling.
Seven Psychopaths is a stew of great ideas thrown together in a seemingly haphazard order. Amidst all the chaos beats a heart which pulls it away from being just another wacky action flick, and by the end of it you’ll feel you can relate to these unusual people. You’ll be carrying a cleaver in your back pocket soon…