Marty Faranan (Colin Farrell) is a struggling writer with alcohol problems who dreams of finishing his screenplay, “Seven Psychopaths”. Marty’s best friend, Billy Bickle (Sam Rockwell), 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 (Christopher Walken), 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 of 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 eventually a Shih Tzu, Bonny, unaware that it is the beloved pet of Charlie Costello (Woody Harrelson), an unpredictable and violent gangster. The plot thickens and soon enough Costello is on the hunt for Billy, Hans and Marty…

This is the second collaboration between McDonagh, Farrell, and Ivanek, following 2008’s “In Bruges”. And what we are served is a psycho-killer comedy story seemingly a quite open homage to Guy Richie, Quentin Tarantino, The Coen Brothers and Danny Boyle. It´s dark, violent, twisted, gory and comic. It´s a male driven script and unfortunately the female characters are only stereotypic bystanders. All main actors are good (Farrell, Walken, Rockwell, Harrelson) while the females (Cornish and Kurylenko) only have supporting roles and hardly any screen time forcing them to underperform. I reckon “Seven Psychopaths” is entertaining and Tarantino quirky the first 40 minutes and then the movie gets lost in its own animated macabre structure. (3 out of 5)

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