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In America, you're on your own...,
This review is from: Killing Them Softly [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The film has an amazing set up. Ray Liotta runs an underground card game sort of thing and it gets robbed by masked men.
But earlier in the story, Liotta tells his friends that he set up his own game to get robbed prior to this, but this time, everyone thinks he set it up again.
But this story is just a sub plot, the real film is an underlying stab at the state of the US government, and here characters in the film show three different sides.
Jenkins could be classed as the American government, the government who tells you everything is going to be okay, but scrutinises everything that is going on, and tries to get everything at a discount.
Gandolfini could be the white collared worker, drowning his stresses with alcohol,a nd complaining about every mortal thing, but not really doing anything about it.
And then there's Pitt, the voice in your head, the solution, the dark side of the person, the part of you that will actually stand up. He is confidence, he is the voice, almost Tyler Durden-esque, he is what many want to be or say, but are too afraid.
Other than that, it's a really great movie, funny, tense and beautifully gory in equal parts, it's well written, with some great performances and some scarily beautiful stand out scenes.
Liottas death is a really stark and effective scene, and with the use of the film stock, looks gritty and dirty, the way you would expect his character to die, grim.
Performances are excellent, but I can see why not many people like this, it could be classed as too pretentious, but you just have to look deeper.