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Killing Them Softly
In America you're on your own.
Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
So this is a film about (WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS!!) a couple of low life criminals that (WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS!!) rob a poker game and get their come uppance. It´s also about (WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS!!) the guy going after the two low life (WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS!!) criminals that robbed the poker game. It's also about a guy with glasses (WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS!!) who screws hookers and drinks a lot and serves (WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS!!) no other purpose. It's also about another guy with glasses who (WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS!!) sits in a car most of the time.
Beautifully shot, sometimes funny, sometimes very violent film that keeps screaming in my face that it has a message instead of making that message relevant.
(WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS!!)
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How this film plays with people will depend on whether or not you like your films subtle or not. Killing Them Softly isn't interested in letting its message sink in slowly. No, it's out to punch you. In the gut. Because you're fucking scum. And you deserve it, you worthless piece of shit.
Yes, Killing Them Softly is currently underperforming at the box office, and it also has a CinemaScore of F. But I'm not surprised. Killing Them Softly is an angry film. It's angry about politicians shoving bullshit down your throat. It's angry about how the economy sucks. It's a pissed off wild dog and it's about to shove its rabies down your throat…
Director, Andrew Dominik’s last film - Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - was one of the finest movies of the last decade which makes his latest effort all the more disappointing. Brad Pitt plays an enforcer who is hired to sort out a problem when two opportunistic wasters rob a protected card game. The thought of Dominik tackling a contemporary and socially relevant crime film sounded like a potent and exciting mix yet Killing Them Softly is a film that is rarely as insightful as it believes it is.
As a film it is aesthetically reminiscent of the grimy ‘70s crime dramas rather than the modern glorification of gangster culture. Barring a stylishly choreographed slow-motion centrepiece…
Predicted that there would be five walkouts during the screening, but it turns out my prediction was too conservative. There were eleven walkouts during the film, the first two walking out almost immediately after the opening credits. Had these walkouts stuck around, they would've have been privy to a crime film that harkened back to the good old days of crime films, as well as one of the best movies of the year.
This, The Master, and Django Unchained will be the films from 2012 that will stand the test of time and feed the needs of future movie lovers that haven't even been born yet. I can guarantee that young Film Ape the 15th is going to have a poster of this film on his wall. Either that or he is going to be some mutant motorcycle gang leader/Prime Minister that rules the desolate desert wasteland that will be Canada. Either option makes makes me very proud.
I will admit now, I knew nothing about this film before I obtained it. I'd seen no reviews and I don't remember it coming out at all. From the plot summary and the cast, it seemed interesting. In hindsight, I now realise I need to choose my films more carefully because this is the worst film I've seen in a long while and I'm obviously on a different planet to all those people giving it 9/10 and 10/10. Even with the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, it had a 75% thumbs up. I don't get it.
Anyway... the plot, shamelessly ripped from IMDb: "Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card…
Not bad. Some great meditative shots of violence-in-action and Dominik's trademark patient movement but this is no Jesse James.
The opening was promising, but it nose-dived almost immediately into absolute, self-important tripe with incoherent and heavy-handed social commentary, overwrought attempts at majestic cinematography at the worst possible moments, and an impotent plot. The last shot is actually Pitt’s character saying, “I’m living in America, and in America you’re on your own. America’s not a country, it’s just a business. Now fucking pay me.” Cue the credits rolling to “Money (That’s What I Want).” Ouch.
Boring ass movie.
Beautiful in its brutality. Great cast and loved the plot. The opening crime is one of the most tense scenes I've seen in a long time. Loved the soundtrack too.
I saw this film at the cinema and rather enjoyed it, I haven't since but was quite amazed at how much I actually remember, I don't know whether that's because the film is brilliant or my memory is... It's sort of a gangster film, but there's not that much that actually happens really. The story is pretty straight forward, Two guys stick up a poker game, and get hunted down by Brad Pitt. It looks really good, I think it's a beautiful film, I especially like the shooting in the car, looks fantastic. There's some good music too. The performances are all really pretty good. Brad Pitt is good, James Galdofini is superb and the rest do a really rather…
Moral Money Matters Mantra
Killing Them Softly is occasionally entertaining and frequently interesting. While the film did not live up to expectations, it is still watchable.
- Brad Pitt.
- Despite being dialogue-heavy, pretty good momentum throughout.
- The parallels drawn between political talking heads and the action on screen feel clunky.
- A tone veering between brutal murders and deadpan dialogue sometimes works; notsomuch here.
"Killing Them Softly" turned out to be a giant miscalculation, as it contains nothing but an inconsistent storyline, boring characters, and overblown messages. However, it does have a style and individual great performances to make it watchable.
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