Based on an exciting life of Danny Greene, this movie is something that I liked very much. Director was Jonathan Hensleigh, who was involved in many great action and thriller movies, and it came as no surprise that this movie would be such a badass thrill. I guess macho stories are always something that audiences like, especially if they are true like in this case. Add to that a charismatic Ray Stevenson as Danny Greene, and an ensemble of phenomenal actors in other roles and this movie is almost perfect. The production values are high, with subtle toying with expatiation and grindhouse movies of that time. I liked the mixing of actual footage of that time with movie footage adding more authenticity to the story. Although this can be categorized as a thriller movie about crime, this is above all a movie about one man and his life. This type of storytelling is very engaging because you feel that honesty.

Danny Green is an Irish mobster. That`s about it. This movie tells the story of his humble beginnings and his rise to power. Combining in himself an Irish heritage and unscrupulous thug mentality he stirred up the crime ladder in Cleveland in seventies. Maybe part of his appeal was a different set of values than a usual mobsters had in that time. He was bold, pretentious and quite ferocious. Starting out with a regular job at the docks he will soon find himself involved in more and more illegal activities. Stevenson was just perfect for this role (he even looks a little like real Danny) and he adds more layers to the story realistically portraying his lifestyle and mindset. Enjoy…

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh

Cast: Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Linda Cardellini, Robert Davi, Vinnie Jones

Fun Facts: The production temporarily re-opened the retired Tiger Stadium known as Navin Field for approximately one week. The stadium originally opened in 1912 and closed 87 years later when the Detroit Tigers departed for their new facility. The stadium was then demolished after the production completed filming.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1416801/

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