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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, Brad Pitt
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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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Format: DVD
Killing Them Softly is about a trio of thieves who rob the wrong people and end up with the gang and a hitman (Brad Pitt no less) on their trail. The advertising describes it as a `black comedy/drama,' although I found little to laugh at during the whole thing. It seems like its trying to be a homage to `overly-talkie' films like Quentin Tarrintino writes, but sometimes the dialogue simply went nowhere.

The actors are all great. It has a stellar cast who do their best, plus the cinematography is all top notch. There's some, but not as much as you may have been led to believe, violence in it. If you've heard this is a violent film, they're probably referring to one particular scene midway through the film. Apart from that, there's actually very little else that will shock you visually.

So it has good actors, a good setting, quirky dialogue and a premise that, although not totally original, is certainly watchable. I can see how some people liked it. Although, not everyone did. Some may say that the only thing missing from such greatness is a story. The narrative doesn't really have much focus and flits back and forth from different people leaving you wondering where you'll be next.

And then there's the politics. Throughout the film we're constantly seeing the 2012 presidential election campaign on TV screen. Apparently (and I have to confess that I didn't get this) the whole film is an allegory of modern America, i.e. one character represents the American public's sense of despair and apathy, while another represents the American public's sense of knowing what's really happening, but knowing they can't do anything about it and so on.

There's a lot to like about Killing Them Softly. There are some very good bits here and there. But then that's the problem - for every good scene there's a dull one that either goes on for too long or doesn't go anywhere.

Not bad, but could have been better.
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Mordant humour and thinly-veiled political allegory abound in Andrew Dominik's visceral and deliberately jarring black comedy, which sees an apparently finical hitman (a wearily excellent Brad Pitt) struggling with his own micro economic meltdown whilst dispatching various lowlifes from a distance and trying to stem the tide of cynicism that comes his way in various forms; namely an debauched assassin played by James Gandolfini, and his employer, an anonymous 'suit' in a flash car who himself appears paralysed by forces beyond his control, and who is unable to properly give Pitt free rein.
Clunky snatches of speeches from the likes of Barack Obama and George Bush play in the background (and sometimes the foreground), while Pitt laconically goes his way, and adds to the general blood-letting and mayhem, clearly reflecting the emasculation and disillusionment that modern America - and indeed the Western world - find themselves thoroughly immersed in.
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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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