Colin Farrell plays the lead, Martin, who is an alcoholic screenwriter suffering from writer’s block. The only thing he has on paper for his next script is the title ‘Seven Psychopaths’. The film jumps between the reality of McDonagh’s script and the fantasy of Martin’s script until the distinction between the two is blurred.
Farrell is accompanied by many actors who fit the title of the film very nicely including Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, and Tom Waits.
The main plot of the film involves Hans (Christopher Walken) and Billy (Sam Rockwell) stealing dog of wealthy men and holding them for ransom. The pair ends up stealing the Shi-Tzu of crime boss Charlie, played by Woody Harrelson. Martin gets caught up in their crime and flees to the desert with Hans and Billy to figure out their next move and to work on his script.
‘Seven Psychopaths’ keeps jumping from reality to Martin’s script to Charlie, the crime boss, wanting to seek revenge and get his dog back. There’s a lot going on throughout the whole movie and it’s nearly impossible to keep track of what’s what and what’s going on.
The film is a funny, self-reflexive comedy thriller but it will not please everyone. It’s definitely one of the most interesting pieces of cinema that Blair Stover has ever seen.