Killing Them Softly (2012) Hollywood Movie Ratings, Cast, Story - Desimartini.com
Verdict: Oozing dark humour and violence, Killing them Softly boasts excellent camerawork and great perfor... more
Verdict: Oozing dark humour and violence, Killing them Softly boasts excellent camerawork and great performances. Pitt is effortlessly brilliant in his part and the witty exchange of dialogue grips the audience. Go for it! less
Plot: Adapted from George V. Higgins novel and set in New Orleans, Killing Them Softly follows professional enforcer, Jackie Cogan, who investigates a heist that occurs during a high stakes, mob-protected, poker game.
I think at the heart of Andrew Dominick's latest 'Killing Them Softly' lies a mirror of the economic situation that crippled the U.S. economy in t...
I think at the heart of Andrew Dominick's latest 'Killing Them Softly' lies a mirror of the economic situation that crippled the U.S. economy in the past decade. We are nothing more than crooks seems to be the message put forth in this ultra violent and stylish thriller where Brad Pitt's mob enforcer is tasked with taking out the dirty laundry for the high and mighty be it corporate scumbags, lawyers or mob bosses.
The movie's main asset is the wonderful camera work with some astounding visual flourishes set behind many scenes. Sample the scenes where in glorious slow-mo Brad Pitt carries out killings or the one where in almost darkly comic fashion, one of his associates sets fire to a car only to get run over by the car rolling backwards.
The other amazing thing about the movie are the dialogues; sharp and witty which flow so beautifully between conversations allowing you to catch some real gems of one-liners. Other than Brad Pitt, the rest of the cast includes such good actors as James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Sam Shepard and Ben Mendelhson who all give great performances in smaller roles.
'Killing Them Softly' is a solid crime thriller with a great sense of dark humour and good performances. Definitely not to be missed.
Killing Them Softly is set in a place of great significance at a very critical point of time. While the nation as a whole suffered from the Great R...
Killing Them Softly is set in a place of great significance at a very critical point of time. While the nation as a whole suffered from the Great Recession, the residents of New Orleans had it worse. After being in the eye of the costliest natural disaster in the history of America, the post-Katrina Orleanians had to rebuild their lives when unemployment was rampant and the economy was in such a bad shape. Like 9/11 before it, this particular period is likely to become fodder for many more movies. While the zeitgeisty Up In The Air focused on the immediate impact of depression on the working class Americans, Killing Them Softly brings out the plight of a significant but an under-represented industry: organized crime.
The glorious aura surrounding gangsters doesn't shine bright here, with mobsters scraping for pennies- literally nicking dollar bills meant for waitresses off restaurant tables. People are shooting off each other on the streets, and the movie doesn't even bother to slow down and take a moment to dwell over it. Like any great gangster film would tell us, the success lies in humanizing these larger than life characters. You may not know someone like them, but you believe they must exist somewhere. They take pills before they go do their job and they haggle over prices. I hate to drag it into this conversation, but unlike Pulp Fiction which hit you with quotable one-liners beat after beat after beat, characters in the world of Killing Them Softly never once come across as smartass goons. The film lets them take their own time to deliver the goods, even as they slip in and out of delirium.
I liked Scoot McNairy's character a lot. I am not one of those people who prefer their gangsters in terms of how less evil they are. I am not expecting him to change his ways. Even if the act of killing makes him flinch, you got to do what you got to do. My problem with the film is how Gandolfini's New York Mickey did little to alter the course of the story. It was great to see my Caporegime Tony Soprano doing what he does best, but his musings about marital unhappiness and an impending jail term, while adding its two cents to the 'humanizing' jar, is almost insignificant in the scheme of things. Maybe that's the point.
When the film so explicitly refers to the economic meltdown and the hope offered by a person who promises to fix things, I cannot help but wonder if there's a subtext I am missing. I promised myself I wouldn't talk about what others wrote in their reviews and, of late, I haven't even been reading others' before I published my own first. But I did read a few interesting ones, with one grabbing my attention as it tried to match the characters of the film with their respective entities in the American politics. The three people committing the heist represent the financial institutions which robbed the system black, all the while knowing that the blame would ultimately fall on the person in-charge of running the system, thanks to his reputation. In spite of his cynicism and utter disregard for everything Obama promises, Cogan may just be him- an enforcer and a supposed harbinger of change. Yep, I am talking out of my ass.
Somewhere towards the fag end of 'Killing Them Softly', Brad Pitt says, America is not a country. It's a business. In the most unconventional fashi...
Somewhere towards the fag end of 'Killing Them Softly', Brad Pitt says, America is not a country. It's a business. In the most unconventional fashion, writer-director Andrew Dominik throws light on the most successful business of the world's 'greatest' country, America - organized crime. For starters, KTS is not a mob or gangster film. It's one of the finest American films on the art of business management.
Two cons, hired by a local crook rob a gambling den for the second time knowing the blame will go on the owner of the den, Markie, who had recently organized the robbery of his own den. The town, which depends entirely on gambling for economical development, is wrecked after the second robbery. The crime lords call upon Jackie Cogan, a hitman, to clean up the mess.
Touted to be an action-packed entertainer, the film focuses on less action, but more on long conversations that are insanely funny and scream sarcasm. Having said there's less action, let me also clarify that there are few visually gripping action sequences capable of sending chills up your spine. The entire film is carried forward with spectacular dialogues written in such a way that average audience will find it boring and sleepy, but to others it serves as moments of sheer excitement.
The film is partly comical and thrilling in its overall presentation and it's by far one of the best misleadingly uncomplicated films you may have watched in a long time.
Scenes showing Bush and Obama talking economics are not to be ignored or considered irrelevant. 'Killing Them Softly' draws parallel from these scenes, the 2008 American financial breakdown in particular and uses it as a metaphor to highlight that the assault on economy by George Bush is same as Markie robbing his own den. What followed in America was provocative as the country royally welcomed Barack Obama to clean up the mess, likewise, the crime lords welcomed Cogan to do the cleaning.
What we get to see is the demolition of an economy, by thugs like Bush or the two cons in the film, whose acts disturb the very own existence of the people who govern the economy. In the film, people who own the economy are the same ones who successfully run the gambling business, and when they're business is wrecked, they call upon an enforcer to manage the damage.
Adapted from a 1974 novel named 'Cogan's Trade', by George Higgins, this film boasts some spectacular performances by Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins and James Gandolfini. The action is brutally cynical and menacing to watch, especially in the slow motion scene which zooms in on Brad's gun as pulls the trigger, allowing the bullet to shatter through the car window and breaking it into million pieces and finally piercing through the face of the victim.
'Killing Them Softly' is undoubtedly one of the smartest crime-thrillers of our time