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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…
"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.
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.
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…
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Admittedly, "Killing Them Softly" has a plethora of problems with itself. First off, some stuff in the film feel over stylized for what the film actually is, which felt out of place. It is also contrived and gets convoluted in spots, and the whole "America is only a business" thing feels abrupt and dumb. But those reasons I just listed shouldn't drive you away from watching this stellar picture.
The screenplay written here was brilliantly done, and felt sort of Tarantino-esque in spots, which is always good. The characters were interesting, and the actors performing them were great - most notably Brad Pitt, who seems to never disappoint me (performances wise). The cinematography is…
Άντεξα σαράντα λεπτά μετά το έκλεισα, βαρέθηκα τις κάλτσες μου, αν γίνεται καλύτερο μετά έπρεπε να είχε γίνει καλύτερο νωρίτερα.
I enjoyed the performance better than the film.
I thought nothing special of the heist-on-mafia plot, despite its landscape of a desperate America.
I expected every step of the movie, but was at least entertained by the actors who put up more of a performance than the film was worth.
Even after the second time around watching this film, I still feel like it's lacking. I wanted to love this film but perhaps it's the slow place or the lackluster characters (with the exception of Brad) that just didn't quite sell me. I think the actual story had potential but I feel as though there were some elements that just didn't quite work.
Acting, Cinematography, Pace, Story .. Amazing .... Will be studied in years to come ...
Oh and the drive by scene with Liotta ..... Genius .. !!!
You don't like crime/mob movies and aren't too fond of Pitt performances...so why should you bother with this film?
Allow me to give you three scenes that make it worthwhile on their own merit:
1) Opening credits sequence stroll through a newspaper trash strewn wasteland with backdrop of a CNN political newscast as the soundtrack
2) Drug usage scene by two dimwit thieves in which it is revealed one has made a major mistake
3) The violent ballet-like assassination scene of Ray Liotta's character is some of the best use of "bullet time" f/x since The Matrix.
Pretty impressive film. The whole gangland murder spree is set against the financial crisis and political campaign of 2008. The speeches of Bush and Obama intrude over the action, with the obvious parallels being drawn between the organization and the government, right down to the sinister echoing of Bush's words in support of the financial system in the conversations about managing the organization and keeping everyone in line as well as the hollow optimism of Obama's words inspiring people for the election.
The music is awesome and the slow-motion assassination of Ray Liotta in traffic is also quite impressive.
Disappointingly weak story full of uninteresting characters which is a shame considering the strength of the cast. The attempted underlying political metaphor about the American dream felt like a student's attempt at making a smart and intellectual point but it simply failed on all counts.
we get it, 'murica
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