A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
"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.
Box office $ 37.9 million
The idea of film being used as a medium for political themes and socio-economic commentary is nothing new, even recently with films such as Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Margin Call aiming to tackle the 2008 financial crisis. But few films have been as unsubtle as Killing Them Softly. Set to the backdrop of the 2008 election, the criminal underworld of an American city has been hit by its own financial crisis after a mob poker game is robbed by two criminals (Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn). With no trades or money being moved, a mob manager (Richard Jenkins) brings in a fixer, Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt), to solve the situation. But none of…
I think it was very underrated tbh
Brad Pitt in a leather duster and slicked back hair enforcing mobster law is just badass
I can't believe Brad Pitt invented acting. Wow LEGEND!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Me gustó mucho la yuxtaposición de las imágenes de todo el ambiente en torno al paso de testigo de Bush a Obama; inmediatamente pensé en el recurso que utilizó Abel Ferrara en Bad Lieutenant con el juego de béisbol. Sin embargo aquí la situación económica que atraviesa Estados Unidos afectará de manera distinta las decisiones de los personajes de esta historia.
Anti-capitalista pero excesivamente cínica. Obama ha tomado el control y el crimen organizado también debe amarrarse los pantalones pues la debacle económica en que Bush ha sumido al país no respeta ni siquiera a los hombres que trabajan fuera de la ley. En serio, esta película es básicamente las complicaciones que trae la recesión a un grupo de mafiosos,…
I was intrigued by this film when I first saw the trailer, but the reviews started coming out and they were mixed at best and the film slipped through the cracks. Now that I finally have seen it, it should have stayed in the cracks. Not close to as clever as it thought it was. The political commentary was jarring. Full reviews available on our website!
Boring. The best thing about this movie was, when they played Johnny Cash.
A very average gangster film mixed with some political commentary that immediately became dated.
A Black Comedy/Crime/Thriller centered around an ill-advised armed robbery.
I never quite got a handle on this film, which accounts for it not having a higher score, but that actually worked in it's favour. It's an intriguing watch and one I plan to return at some point.
Visually it looks exactly how you'd expect a Crime Thriller to look, but it also goes off on stylised flights of fancy a couple of times. The tone is quite dark, which suits the subject matter, but there's lots of dark humour in the dialogue. It also subtly changed which character(s) were the focus and what it's all leading up to.
I liked how this was set in 2008 during both the American…