FILM REVIEW: Seven Psychopaths (15)

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A Hollywood screenwriter with a crippling bout of creative block finds inspiration in the most unlikely places in Martin McDonagh’s twisted black comedy that builds on the promise of In Bruges.

Colin Farrell reunites with the London-born writer-director to play booze-swilling Irish scribe Marty, who has reached an impasse with the script for Seven Psychopaths “I got the title - I just haven’t been able to come up with all the psychopaths yet,” Marty tells best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell), who is involved in a dog-napping scam with elderly associate Hans (Christopher Walken).

So Billy places a newspaper advert asking bona fide psychopaths to anonymously share their life stories with Marty, and mad man Zachariah (Tom Waits) answers the call.

Meanwhile, Billy and Hans steal a shih tzu called Bonny, unaware the pooch is the pride and joy of sadistic gangster Charlie Costello (Woody Harrelson).

When Charlie discovers who has abducted the four-legged object of his affections, retribution is brutal.

Released: December 5, 110 mins