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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
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  • 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
Hearing impaired subtitles 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
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Very bleak, brutal and dull film - I was hoping for much better things, given the cast, but this one missed the target by a country mile. The premise was good, but the execution was poor, with seemingly endless, mumbled conversations in cars - it all seemed so pointless and teeth-grindingly boring. I did stick it out until the end, but I really wish I hadn't bothered. Only bother watching if you're a dedicated Pitt/Gandolfini/Liotta fan - and even then you may need several cans of Red Bull to keep awake...
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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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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 $apphire TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Oct. 2015
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a very good cast so I was expecting good things unfortunately it's far too slow and I can't in good faith recommend this movie so save yourself time and money and avoid.I only gave it two stars for the performance of the late james gandolfini.
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I like Andrew Dominik,i think he's a cool director so I was already biased before even watching.Dominik is a director that loves movies,speaks it's language.Kind of like Paul Thomas Anderson in that regard.
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.
Cool.
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