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 don't read reviews before viewing, so I only had vague notions that this was an entirely misunderstood, panned outcast of a film. Then I looked up the 75% on Rotten Tomatoes, so I was wrong in that sense. It's the public that rejected the movie- a movie magma-hot with American cynicism, so it's at least understandable how this happened. It is sledgehammered into the viewer, to say the least.
I for one, am a raging cynic, so I didn't simply tolerate the politics, but rather spoon-fed myself as if it were Grandma's minestrone. Cynicism is the movie, after all, and to justify the overlying theme, there are a number of vintage cinematic techniques. There is a beautiful night-drenched, 70s…
Killing Them Softly really is a terrific film, or, rather, it could have been had director Andrew Dominik decided to leave out those lingering shots of Obama and McCain addressing the public via CSPAN. Are we truly expected to believe that gangsters watch and listen to the news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Are we truly expected to believe that they care that much about the ongoings of the political realm? I get the overall message of politics being just as corrupt and seedy as the criminal underworld, but frankly, there isn’t any need to be so literal. There just isn’t. It’s superfluous. Everything should have been left to just being talked about, not shown. I think…
Killing Them Softly is a film that is kind of hard to evaluate for me, at least after the first viewing. And yet I don't think it's intriguing enough for me to watch again anytime soon. You see, each scene by itself is very good, if you were to watch a random one as a clip, you'd want to go out and see the whole movie immediately.
It's all shot expertly with great sound and fine acting by all involved such as Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, Ben Mendelsohn, and Scoot McNairy. It just never came together as a good story for me, and on top of that it's very heavy and serious. But then I'm not…
Would make a sweet double bill with the counsellor, providing you love unrelenting misery and brad pitt being aggressively cynical, and if we're honest, who doesn't?
Well, every movie has a purpose. The director wants to show something to the audience. It might be musical, it might be art, it might be romance or crude action. Yet there are times, when what he desires is not really apparent. This movie will be the example of the same.
Since the start of the film I got vibes of the computer game Max Payne and early GTA game VIce City. I had loved both those games, and hence I watched this one whole. The drama and narrative, albeit linear, is good. The initial robbery scene is well filmed. So is the killing scenes. I had never seen that artistic flavor in murder before this one.
I have always…
Still dangerously overlooked.
Far more blunt than it needed to be. Nonetheless, I appreciate that bluntness in many ways. The political statement that Dominik was trying to make gets lost in the fray sometimes and it's occasionally awkwardly shoehorned in. Whatever.
It took me till this re-watch to decide if I actually like the movie, and I can now safely say that I do.
Interesting concept, with great acting, bursts of intense violence, but felt it ended without really going anywhere. It has great parts that just didn't add up to a satisfying whole. The political backdrop was really forced which was distracting throughout. The initial heist had great tension and Pitt's final line was a nice ending punch.
My original review: macguff.in/macguffin-content/film-review-killing-them-softly/
The political and economic tie-in doesn't make up for it being boring.