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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…
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.
Viscerally intense crime thriller, cinematic & darkly comic.
One hell of crime film with hidden messages of crime . Brad Pitt and James are Iconic and Andrew is fucking genius .
Dominik certainly loves his Tarrantino/Mean Streets but only has fun with the political undertone and musical selection. It convinces in the love for the detail. But also looses itself herein.
An extremely tense and brutal thriller that makes an intelligent comparison between the mafia and the American economic system, even though the analogy is also a bit heavy-handed, and it benefits from a deliberate pace and great performances from a sharp cast.
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Nicely shot and straightforward.
A little "experimental" with the opening and more so with the Mendelson drug trip and the subsequent flashbacks.
Everybody seems to be a little too fucked up, stupid and incompetent to be doing what they're doing.
Liotta smashing through his porch window, clinging to the shades, was awesome.
His murder and the follwing car crash was a little too over-stylized.
Now, I'm an apologist for these kinds of movies. I appreciate when a filmmaker goes for it and decides to make some declarations. When they cut the facade that is entertainment or the bullshit that is artistry and just have a fucking opinion. This movie's message is delivered with a sledgehammer and although that fact alone doesn't sink it, Dominik's execution does.
This movie isn't about anything, which is odd considering the fact that the 2008 election/financial crisis motif is jammed down our throats for 97 minutes. I'm sure Dominik thought that he had a lot to say, but the final product really meanders. Despite a few, albeit extremely poor, soapbox scenes with some relatively cringeworthy dialogue, this…
"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 f*****g pay me."
I feel like this movie would have been a lot more relevant if it had come out this year.
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Task 9/16 A film starring Brad Pitt.
"America isn't a country, it's a business."
There aren't many Brad Pitt movies I haven't seen, but I'd not even heard of this one. Pretty average by his standards. There are some great parts, including the camera work and lighting. But I found the movie wasn't gripping and immersive as it probably could have been. It also doesn't help that I watched the masterpiece that is Pulp Fiction a few hours ago.
What sort of gangsters do you like? Scorsese's wise guys, brooding, waiting to burst into violence? Or Tarantino's dogs, cool, self-consciously acting the role of gangsters? Trouble is Andrew Dominik doesn't know either. Consider James Gandolfini's run down hit man: he looks like he's out of Scorsese, but he has two big speeches, two moments of Tarantino - except they don't have the Tarantino wit, they aren't playfully juggling the conventions of the genre or the archetype; they are like moments out of a Scorsese film, except they don't really do anything...that's not true, they do something, they show Gandolfini can really act, intense stuff, we can go 'Wow, Gandolfini can really act!' It's a tour de force. And the…
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