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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…
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…
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.
"Why are you being so fucking strident?
"Okay. Um, you should leave."
first time i saw this i was all, "lay off the horn, i get it with your neat little analogy." but on a rewatch that's quantitatively so little of the whole. instead, focus on the relentless momentum (both of words and actions), the efficient translation of Higgins' gangland socioeconomy, the ostentatious formal flourishes, and the idiosyncratic performances. yeah, smugly makes its themes thuddingly obvious, but compared to the current glut of AmerIndie crime thrillers this might even be another THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, quite the novel jewel. using the Velvet Undergound's "Heroin" over the scene of the guy shooting heroin is simultaneously an incredible and incredibly mistaken set of balls.
Some really standout moments, but still a disappointment for me as I was so thoroughly impressed by THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES. There are some beautiful slow motion shootouts and a nice impressionist take on a junky shooting up. These stand alone scenes were very impressive on their own, but don't feel like a cohesive part of a well-crafted film. The casting is perfect, especially a clever twist on the "best hitman comes to town" genre convention.
The film's dalliances and annoyances are too many to list. The music choices tend to be right on the nose to the point of unintentional comedy (see Cash's "The Man Comes Around" as Brad Pitt literally comes to town, or VU's "Heroin" used…
shot reverse shot alternated with leftover gags from music videos
This is the latest for Brad Pitt and the director of CHOPPER and the Pitt/Casey Affleck JESSE JAMES flick, both films I liked.
This is a very simple mobster flick but given microscopic treatment with almost art-house visuals and fine attention to detail into the mechanics of how people are taken out, right down to the financials. It might be unspectacular, but it was never boring.
The fine cast, led by Pitt (including Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins and Australian Ben Mendelsohn) are given focus to the point of character studies, but in a way that opens up different areas of the murky world of organised crime.
I have to say I’m over the glamourising of violence, which this…
A killer melange of throwback noir and 1970s malaise, this one will be remembered later as one of the lost gems of this era. Great visuals, and a wonderful mix of social commentary--if too heavy-handed in places--and straightforward pulp.
Forget the heavy-handed political stuff, as a mob movie it's pretty damn good. Brad Pitt's introduction is awesome; he is just the coolest motherfucker around. The cast is great, and the performances across the board are great as well. I honestly liked this much more than I thought I would.
Poor Ray Liotta.
Killing Them Softly is a film i was really interested in seeing but i have to say i was honestly bored out of my mind i tried to concentrate but it was ssssssssssssssooooooooooooooo BORING, so overall it gets 2 stars which i think is probably too high considering its so boring but i gotta give the performances credit.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Though Killing Them Softly occasionally has moments of clarity and insight, it often falls flat with its story. The pacing is erratic, the dialogue is clunky, and even a great performance from Brad Pitt can't save the shallowness of the characters in this film. A lot of the great cast is squandered, especially James Gandolfini, and the film suffers from it.
Killing them softly was a movie that I enjoyed and drew me in despite not being the movie I thought it was going to be seeing. Under the impression that the film was just a mobster heist movie, I quickly found out it was this and more. The movie provides a great metaphor into America's financial system that was well done. The movie uses speeches by George Bush and Barrack Obama in the background to compliment the metaphor. Some people may have taken this as the movie blatantly telling the audience it's message, but I thought it was very well done and allows someone that might not know Americas financial system all that well to understand the message being told.…
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