97 Min | Crime – Thriller | September 2012
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Director: Andrew Dominik
Starring: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins
Killing Them Softly Review: Killing Them Softly is funny to see how people are constantly hating on this movie, other than the critics. It seems like people were expecting a shoot-em-up action thriller, but Killing Them Softly is a different kind of film. It’s a slow, politically-infused film that portrays the dark times America went through during the recession. It’s a film how people will do anything for money and how they will protect their money at all costs. No doubt this film is very slow, but it has intense dialogue and great acting that puts the dialogue to good use.
Andrew Dominik’s film is about how a mob enforcer named Jackie Cogan gets called in to settle things when two bumbling, dim-witted thieves steal all the money at a mob-enforced card game. The acting is wonderful and a good thing too. Only strong acting would have been able to elevate a script like this. Brad Pitt is always good and once again proves he is an elite actor. Richard Jenkins has some of the strongest dialogue especially in the end. James Gandolfini doesn’t seem like he fits in the movie Killing Them Softly, but he does a great job.
Overall, Killing Them Softly is a dark, bleak film that is relevant to our troubled economic times. It has a strong screenplay and strong acting. I love how at certain times, we here dialogue from both Bush and Obama and they add to the political narrative. Be forewarned that this film is not for everybody.