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Adapted from George V. Higgins' novel and set in New Orleans, Killing Them Softly follows professional enforcer, Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt), who investigates a heist that occurs during a high stakes, mob-protected, poker game.
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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.
First off the bat let me tell you what this movie is not...
1.A fast paced crime caper with zany criminals with bazookas
2.Not about robbing plush casinos
3.No limping masterminds
Now this is not to say there is anything wrong with a zany caper concerning criminals who rob a plush casino with bazookas,in fact I love those type of movies.But I thought i'd save the more discerning viewer 90 minutes or so as well as a couple of quid.Killing Them Softly is a bit more about the nuances,sitting in the cars talking about jobs,watching people sweat and actually showing that carrying out a hit can be a bit of a chore.
There's nice performances from all involved and I have to say my respect for Pitt has increased,i have really enjoyed Jesse James,Tree Of Life and this movie.Credible,artistic movies.I can't think of many mainstream actors who would say such lines about Thomas Jefferson being a wino and America purely being a business.
My one complaint would be the ramming of the economic theme,WE get it.It did seem at one point there was a constant Obama or Bush speech playing.Once would have sufficed.And made the point.
I liked this movie,who knows if you will?BUT if you liked Dominiks previous you will enjoy,nice shots,solid acting,good script.I have seen other people mocking Softly saying its tryin to be "Tarantino esque",if anything I would argue to the very opposite.If it was trying to be that it would be Tarantino on tranquilisers at the least.
I look forward to Dominiks next movie,heck I may even go see War War Z.
Cast back to the financial crises of 2007-2008. A time when the presidential election was underway, and the recovery from the damage caused by unregulated free markets was used as the main driving force to convince American's that they, above and amongst all the political and economic turmoil, "are one." The film uses the criminal underworld as one extended metaphor for this; those men who have made money in a damaged economy, where the American Dream is purely just that, gamble it in an attempt to obtain more when it can be lost easier than it can be made. Life, financially, is very uncertain here. Enter the drug-addled, low-life dregs of society; the underbelly; desperate men (Frankie and Russell, played by Scoot McNairey and Ben Mendelsohn, respectively) who possess an even greater motive for making it their own when they have nothing. Frankie and Russell represent, like all the characters in this film, symbolic figures in capitalism's chess and pawn game. Trapped in a bubble, evidently of their own wrongdoing, they struggle to find decent employment, made clear by Frankie's complaining of being unable to find a suitably located job, and any ones further away are marred by his inability to fund transport; lifestyle choices are prioritised based on scarce disposable income and crime is, as for many, the last but only resort for him.Read more ›
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Yes very good DVD,pleased with rapid delivery also pleased with quality of said product,thank you.Published 15 days ago by Keith Gibson
bad script bad sound poor filming boring film all over the place rubbish worst Brad Pitt film ever very disappointed
and I paid for this film cant believe it
Really poor film, expected so much more. Just didn't do it for me. Pity.Published 3 months ago by R. Hovey