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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…
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…
Killing Them Softly was written and directed by Andrew Dominik, the same man who wrote and directed The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, so the fact that the film’s original running time was around two and a half hours isn’t surprising in the least. I haven’t seen Assassination of Jesse James, but I'm well aware of the disputes over the film’s length, with the longest cut being over four hours. Dominik is a man who likes his films slow and contemplative. Sometimes that works, but sometimes it really doesn’t.
Even at less than one hundred minutes, Killing Them Softly feels drawn out. It doesn’t help that it chooses to devote a good portion of its limited…
Not for everyone but I personally love its very talky style and moments of stylishly shot violence. Cracking cast on top form.
Killing Them Softly finds gangster cleanup man, Brad Pitt, being called up by the local mafia to an illegal poker night supervised by Ray Liotta. Liotta has MO for robbing his own poker nights in the past and so naturally all the fingers point to him. Unbeknownst to everyone, the real culprits are a couple of ne’er do wells, (Scoot McNairy & Ben Mendholson) whose boss wants them to seize upon the opportunity to use Liotta’s reputation against him.
Andrew Dominic’s last two films dealt with the lifestyles of real criminals. The neon fury that was Chopper brought him and former stand-up comic, Eric Bana, to everybody’s attention with the tale of infamous Melbourne gangster, Mark ‘Chopper’ Read. His follow-up, The…
Why didn't I see this before? Damn Good.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Flimsy and way too familiar, despite the superb cast. Andrew Dominik's films just don't do anything for me.
It's pretty good but nothing about it ever really 'clicks' and boosts it to being great.
Andrew Dominik's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is my jam. So when Dominik released a meditation on crime and the American economy, with this cast, I was like sign me up!
Too bad the film never really gets going, and the message is hammered into the audience. There isn't enough plot to make it entertaining, and the points made are not as deep as the creators think. A real disappointment.
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