Killing Them Softly 2012

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Brad Pitt stars in this darkly comic thriller based on a 1974 George V. Higgins crime novel. Jackie Cogan (Pitt) is a professional 'point man' - that is, the investigator who prepares the way for a hitman - who is assigned to track down a pair of junkies who have ripped off a mob-protected poker game. The star-studded supporting cast includes Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Scoot McNairy and Sam Shepard.

Starring:
Sam Shepard, Max Casella
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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Sam Shepard, Max Casella, Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy
Director Andrew Dominik
Genres Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 25 February 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Sam Shepard, Max Casella, Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy
Director Andrew Dominik
Genres Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 25 February 2013
Main languages English

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 May 2013
Format: DVD
Johnny Amato (Vincent Curatola) runs a dry cleaning business and is a low level crime entrepreneur. He hires two guys to rob a poker game filled with organized criminals. Frankie (Scoot McNairy) is the lead robber, a man who is a Steve Buscemi type. He has help from an unkempt Australian junkie friend named Russell (Ben Mendelsohn), who walks pets for a living. He hopes to be a drug dealer to change his life.

The reason why they believe they can get away with the job is because Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta) had done this job once before. He will surely be blamed. After the job is pulled, hitman Jackie (Brad Pitt) is brought in to sort things out and make things right. Jackie is thoughtful, soft spoken, and cynical. Since he knows Johnny, he hires Mickey (James Gandolfini) to do the job, a man who has multiple issues.

There are a number of things which set this film apart from other crime movies. First is the dialouge. It is clear the people are uneducated, except for Jackie who speaks as if he lives in two worlds. The ignorance of the robbers is brought to light when they wear bright yellow cleaning gloves to perform their task.

The second aspect is the background sound on both the radio, TV, and jukeboxes. It is the macrocosm of what is happening on the screen, and sometimes in an ironic fashion. The time period is the 2008 election season during the financial collapse. We hear "restore confidence in the financial system" and "it's all too familiar" on the radio when Markie is about to take the fall. Every time "B" actor Ray Liotta got punched or kicked, I would think, This is for "Entitled" or This is for "Ticket Out." Here is one for "The Son of No One."

The symbolism of the background announcements is brought to light at the end, in case you failed to catch it in the opening scene. A smart film for people who enjoy crime dramas.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, no sex, no nudity. Blood splatter, killing, beatings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alexander J. R. Davidson on 8 Oct 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
a very odd film but very good all the same. it has an amazing cast list and it shows the underside of a us national organisation
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jones the Film on 22 April 2013
Format: DVD
I should really pan this film on account of the gratuitous violence (with one especially awful scene). But the script was good, the acting brilliant and I have to confess I really enjoyed it.

It has a Pulp Fiction feel about it in that it is mainly about the characters and dialogue, the story being secondary. Brad Pitt does what he does best, i.e. playing the laid back key player who takes everything in his stride. James Gandolfini plays the alcoholic wacker who has lost his way with great panache and of course Ray Liotta (always reliable) shines as the poor schmuck who pulled the ultimate short straw in this sorry saga.

Yes it's violent, it glorifies America's underbelly and it's hardly uplifting, but it has something about it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Jack on 11 Aug 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This is a character and dialogue driven mob movie, if you don't like that sort of film you won't enjoy it. Luckily I do and found it superb, I can't think of any recent similiar films which is great, sometimes its nice that a film tries something different. So in summary this is sombre and gritty but superby entertaining in its own way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 May 2013
Format: DVD
This was a film like no other. What we have here is the Mob, killers for hire, low men looking for easy money, and in the background, Barack Obama speaking of the country that needs to unite into one community. This is a recession, and in the city of New Orleans.

I did not find any of these characters attractive, not in to be around, just grim and deadly. Brad Pitt plays a hitman, come to town to take care of three characters who mussed up the works. A poker game was hit and the minions who pulled the job need to be taken care of. Marie Trattman played by Ray Liotta is a man with a big problem. Richard Jenkins plays the driver, some sort of middle man who makes the deals. He hires Pitt and James Gandolfini as the hitman to make the mark. Gandolfini is havering relationship problems and is so depressed,he is drinking himself into a mess. Action needs to occur and Pitt is there to make sure it does.

The message of this film appears to be two fold. One: America is a business, just like the Mob. Two: the Mob and Politics are sometimes one and the same. When there is a financial Depression, the Mob suffers as much as the country. Make if this what you will. Superb acting by all. Plenty of blood and violence for all looking for this sort of thing.

Recommended. prisrob 05-29-13
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robert stirling on 6 April 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
And very reflective of what we thought in our family!

This is a gangster film,but unlike many there were no redeeming characteristics in any of the players so it was very hard to empathize with anyone.
You'll know what I mean when I mention,for example,in The Godfather - The Coppola Restoration [DVD] [1972] we were rooting for the Corelone clan because they were murdering bent coppers,sexually-deviant politicians,corrupt bankers and greedy priests.

Much of the film is dialogue driven,mainly conversations between Brad Pitt playing a hitman/enforcer and his underworld contacts.
There are brief scenes of a beating(very graphic)and criminals being taken out by gun(very realistic).

I saw the film as an almost fly-on-the-wall obvservation of the interplay between the various small-time crooks,middle-order gangsters and hitmen that exist in American society today(it was set during Obama's election to the Presidency).

The settings were dour and drab,and sometimes wet----the real America not the glamourised Hollywood version.

Pitt's character said it all in one paraphased sentence:"America's foundling fathers didn't want to pay taxes to the British so set in motion a war which they let others fight while they stayed safe at home f***ing their slaves".

Somewhat bleak and perhaps thats why some will find this film hard going.
The acting was tremendous with Pitt giving another sublime performance,but its not a comfortable film to watch.
If my wife found it a no-no I can't give it 5 stars.
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