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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…
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.
I watched it because I saw Brad Pitt with a shotgun. He ended up being like the third lead, but it turned out to be decent indie movie. I believe 95% of its audience are people who made the same mistake
Der Film ist sehr langsam aber nicht uninteressant inszeniert (insbesondere der Soundtrack hast gut zu den lange stehenden Bildern gepasst). Leider hat sich aber direkt zu Beginn mein übliches Problem mit Gangster-/Mafia-Filmen aufgetan: ich komme einfach nicht in die Story rein... Und die ist mir meistens auch noch komplett egal.
Killing Them Softly (with a shit ton of exposition) is such a disappointment. While I haven't seen The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford I heard many good things about this movie. What's sadder is how beautiful this movie looks at points. Especially during a slow mo shootout scene that really impressed me. But the film suffers from exposition up the ass. Not only is there a shit ton of exposition but it's bland. The cast is good, the best being Brad Pitt whose always great and he looks really cool in this movie especially. There were a couple of bad performances but nothing god awful. It feels like another one of those nothing movies to me. Can't say I'd recommend it at all but if your interested then give it a watch. I'm actually more interested in The Assassination of Jesse James now to see what all the hubbub is all about.
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This movie is one of those rare gems, in that every time I watch it, I instantly want to watch it again. A modern masterpiece.
Movies that have a lot of cool ideas and ambition, yet fall short, are probably the most disappointing to me. I started watching Killing Them Softly with a lot of excitement, but I just didn’t find myself satisfied with the final product. This was surprising to me, especially given the work that Andrew Dominik has done in the past, including The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Killing Them Softly is a story about three, rather dumb, criminals who decide to rob a mob-protected poker game. There is a lot of money flying around the tables, as the one criminal puts it, making it an alluring target. This is bad for the local economy. And by local…
If anyone knows any good Hitman movies please comment below because I love hitman movies, I mean some of my favorite movies are The Professional and No Country For Old Men
This film does not really have focus, it should have mainly focused on Brad Pitt's character but everything gets jumbled around. I felt as though this film gets a little pretentious and feels that's it's better than it actually is. But there are some good scenes and some slow scenes. Not the best.
the final scene tho
Overall I enjoyed this movie for a few reasons. The story was interesting enough and it kept me interested throughout. But my favorite part about this movie was the unique camera work and the cool style used to capture some of the scenes like the (SPOILER ALERT) Ray Liotta death scene. My big complaint about this film is that the script is trash and so many of the scenes have such nonsense dialogue and they can be hard to watch at times.
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