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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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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Nearly irresponsible in its idiocy, but mostly just pathetic at how kindergarten notions of cool macho sunglasses smoking greased hair crime posteuring Johnny Cash soundtrack are dithered about in front of some nothing commentary on politics that gets only as far as recognizing that it exists and is on television. Still, not as bad as Assassination of Jesse James (at least this movie doesn't suffer from watching Casey Affleck and waiting for him to skateboard away from the train robbery) or this year's worst, Lincoln.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
the use of velvet underground's heroin in the scene where a heroin addict does heroin is the peak of anti-subtlety.
Normally, I sympathize with the idea that the critics sprayed their shorts too soon (see Drive or Haywire). However, the critics had this one right. This is an engrossing film; I do not understand the backlash. I can't scold the audience for being too stupid because I do not think the film was difficult to comprehend. I think the audience is thinking a little too hard about the political undertones of film when it is meant to be taken at face value. The 6.2 IMDB rating might be the biggest slap in the face on the website.
”I’m living in America, and in America, you’re on your own. America’s not a country. It’s just a business.”
2012 was a phenomenal year for films. It was the year of Zero Dark Thirty and Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom and The Master and too many other great films to mention here. That might truly be the best year on record. Killing Them Softly was neither a box office success nor a critical darling and that is truly a shame. It’s one of the absolute best films of that fantastic year and one of my all-time favorites.
This is only a gangster film on the surface. The political allegory here is bold and absolutely brilliant. Andrew Dominik’s film establishes…
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I don't understand what I sat through for an hour and forty minutes. The plot line is very thin. The dialogue is laughable. Two of the actors, Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn, (whose characters the story mainly revolves around) are annoying to watch playing their roles. Brad Pitt is not believable as a mobster. Ray Liotta was killed off too quickly. And James Gandolfini is essentially playing Tony Soprano, except he wears light colored aviators on his face and has alcohol / hooker addictions. Also, the ending of the film is very dissatisfying. I give this film a star and a half mostly for it's cinematography and visual effects.
This movie is a slow burn and an actor's movie and if that's what you expect, you'll enjoy it. Three guys rip off a poker game and hope that everyone thinks someone else did it. A large crime organization hires Jackie Cogan (played by Brad Pitt), a guy who is frustrated by the new normal economy but understands how things are going to be from now on, to figure out who did it and to punish them. He brings in his friend Mickey (played by James Gandolfini) to help: a guy who is used to the finer things in life and who would rather lament what's happened in his life than do actual work.
While the connection between the story…
Crime films with a social agenda are right up my alley. Give it a bit of star quality with a big name actor in the lead and a suitably grimy undercurrent and you have all the ingredients required. Killing Them Softly reunited director Andrew Dominik with Brad Pitt after their impressive collaboration on The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. With a screenplay adapted from an almost forty year old novel by George V Higgins (Cogan's Trade), this neo-noir is a violent gritty affair that gives Pitt another of those wonderful hairstyles he dons from time to time.
Set against the backdrop of the 2008 Presidential Election Campaign and the economic crisis caused by the fallout from…
An intriguing mess; ham-fisted, meandering, scattered, yet never boring.
A short and tidy criminal drama, with a great performance from Brad Pitt. It also offers a small reminder of how good the late James Gandolfini could be.
The story tells of three idiots who rob a Mafia card game during the 2008 economic meltdown (yes, even criminals are not immune from recession).
The film doesn't always hit the marks it tries to, but it's entertaining, interestingly shot, and well directed.
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