i like the way this shit looks
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…
In spite of the central message not fully gelling with me, Killing Them Softly is a mesmerizing work of genius musical ques, powerhouse dialogue that flows like lava, and performances that are as subtle as they are deeply potent. It's a film that is the equivalent of a spider crawling around in your room at night. It moves slowly, but surely; focused on one goal as it crawls inevitably towards a knockout conclusion. This is one film that deserves to be called a 'gem'.
And the set-piece moments are absolutely nuts.
A sort of mumble-noir that, save for bursts of intense violence, crawls through its narrative with talky languorousness, Andre Dominik's "Killing Them Softly" is a slow rolling crime thriller that is sometimes smart and sometimes uninvolving. The film is a meditation on the late 2000s American economic state of being, using the mob as its representative symbol, but it can not muster the energy to drive a narrative to be more than just occasionally interesting.
Revolving around hitmen, the instability of crime syndicates, and the need to clean up each, "Killing Them Softly" has enough gunfire, violence, and long passages of dialogue to make things interesting. Unfortunately, the film has a meandering sensibility and little sense of urgency. It is…
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.
A gangster movie that scans financial crisis from the politician hierarchy to the unemployment line. It has the tension and the action, sure, but there's much more going on. It's the movie-long political message that's the dividing factor here, despite standard mob drama.
What balls Andrew Dominic has to direct Brad Pitt's character, a cold blooded criminal, to openly mock past and current US Presidents! I love it. Dominic makes a statement and I'm tuning into it.
"This guy wants to tell me we're living in a community. Don't make me laugh. 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".
That closer is brilliant.
Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) is the ultimate badass. I struggled with whether I thought Killing Them Softly (2012) deserved a 6/10 or a 7/10. I went with 7 because I remembered how phenomenal the cinematography was. I myself am an amateur film maker (I stress the word amateur) and my favorite aspect of film making is cinematography. I would be proud to have this film's camera work to my name. 2nd, I liked the cast. Brad Pitt was great, Ray Liotta was great and James Gandolfini was great. Now, what I didn't like about this movie is that it wasn't paced very well. There were some really cool, exciting scenes, but then a few slow scenes that lost my attention.…
Bad( also insanely boring, I almost fell asleep.)
How did the same guy who made the masterful The Assassination Of Jessie James by The Coward Robert Ford make this unnecessary, stupid, soulless, and very BORING dreck. Do not recommend at all. Good acting is really all this movie brings.
Can't recall where I heard it, can't recall if it was a joke, but I think there's a nonnative adage relating no matter how much you shake your dick upon using the restroom, the last drop of urine is always going in your underpants. Certain things are inevitable; predictably unpredictable. You might blame gravity, or some other metaphysical force; maybe God, depending on your various beliefs. I entertain that it's a commerce. No one wants piss leaking onto their pants. So, you hire a safeguard, a middleman, between your piss and the outside world. Were this hierarchy to collapse, a fundamental bond would be fractured, and the system would have to undergo serious renovations. The best things in life…
Not sure why this was on USD 0,99 offer. Maybe because it is, despite the good reviews, dull, slow, violent, dark and just boring. However, considering the sudden death of James Gandolfini, it was appropriate to watch. And Brad Pitt, well, he is Brad Pitt.
Killing Them Softly has a lot of good actors, some decent dialogue and some solid editing but it is dreadfully boring to the point where it feels incomplete. If it had a point to make, it definitely didn't make it. And while the closing moments have an air of tough guy cool mixed with a hint of social commentary, it's still a very lazy explanation point on a sentence that was lazy as hell to begin with.
Historia tipiquísima pero que se cuenta con todo detalle, con personajes muy cuidados y mimados, además de repartazo (Gandolfini y Brad Pitt están enormes). Me gusta mucho el final, lo que más de toda la peli.
Some real nice moments. Especially that rainy assassination scene. But it's a bit piss boring other than that. And Jesus, I get it, financial crisis.
"Now Fucking Pay Me."
Killing Them Softly has slick direction and solid performances, but those efforts are undermined by an underwritten narrative that delivers its social commentary in the most on the nose fashion possible.
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