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Killing Them Softly
In America you're on your own.
Jackie Cogan is a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game.
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…
I kinda like that the film about capitalism in the shadow of a meltdown is as blunt as this film is, then the film is also gorgeous, dirty, grimy and pulpy in all the right ways too.
I will watch this again over say the second Sin City film.
A very visceral, brutal look at the real lives of criminals, laden with hamfisted social commentary and egregious (yet still visually appealing) slo-mo, this movie is not for everybody.
Muito fraquinho, apesar da participação do Brad Pitt.
Killing you softly with a boring dialogue.
A movie with an awesome soundtrack, cast, slow-motion scene, but sadly with a predictable plot and weak script.
straightforward guy-get-in-shit-with-mob deal, snatch style, but with a political twist that never really fits. brad pitt has to explicitly state the moral at the end which is kind of a moodkiller.
Man, this is heavy handed. Like Seven Psychopaths (also from 2012, also disappointing), it leans to heavily on its theme, playing the political speeches over the criminal action. I remember the violence being pretty visceral the first time, here it just looks like bad CGI. The cast is impeccable though, from Ben Mendelsohn's sweaty and gross bottom-dweller to Richard Jenkin's all business middleman.
Surprising lack of content in this movie. There are interesting dialogues and complex outlined relationships, therefore I can be totally contempt with the slow plot. The protagonists are far away from usual stereotypes, well-acted and with thrilling emotions. Something is missing here, though.
The socio-critique-like elements settled during the first Obama-election campaign is missing the point and is just underlining the depressive atmosphere instead of creating a political message.
KTS is a really great movie though not as good and Dominik's previous film. KTS is a great crime saga with good social commentary and also a touch of satire. Brilliant acting and writing, good cinematograpy and soundtrack. I just love the way they use the camera in this movie and how they experimented as well. The amount of tension Dominik is able to create in scenes is nerve-wreckingly great. Great dialogue which takes most of the screen time but when the violence comes it comes. Though it lacks a plot I'm fine with that because the characters and the world are just so interesting. Not for everyone but still really good!
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