Thin Ice (9/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 94
OK for children.
gives a sparkling performance as a devious insurance salesman, aided by
equally wonderful performances by Billy Crudup and Alan Arkin.
written (with her sister, Karen Sprecher) by Jill Sprecher, this is a
black comedy of the highest order. All three of the principals give
award – quality performances. Included in the cast is Bob Balaban, a
character actor who generally adds more to a film than one would expect
from his generally relatively minor characters. He is as good in this
film as he always is.
This script is
finely honed as Kinnear stumbles his way from one disaster to another,
always making everything worse. His character, Mickey Prohaska, is such
a sleazebag that I found myself actually rooting for him to get into
constantly deeper trouble.
This is a fine,
entertaining dark comedy that is so well written and directed that one
never anticipates what is going to happen next, except that it's
probably not going to turn out too well for Mickey.
Arkin has given many fine performances in his career, I always think of
him as the well meaning submarine captain in Carl Reiner's The
Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming (1966). Here he plays a
kind of doddering old man, and he does it beautifully.
performance that stands out, and it could be the best performance in the
movie, is the one by Crudup as a volatile, violent security system
installer. Even though the movie is terrific throughout, it really picks
up whenever Crudup is on-screen. His erratic, tumultuous outbursts are
rollicking good fun.
This movie is so
good, and so full of twists, that's much better if you know nothing
about the plot and if you see it straight out of the box, so to speak,
as did I.