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½ May 10, 2016
Bold and moderately thought-provoking, even if its intended message isn't very clear.
May 7, 2016
Could have been so much better. With an absolutely amazing cast, Andrew Dominik missed the mark with his attempt to compare politics and crime by overlaying Bush and Obama speeches that only distract from the storytelling. So much potential, yet so little payoff. Unfortunate.
Steve Grady
Super Reviewer
½ May 7, 2016
"Killing Them Softly" confuses the audience as to who the main characters are. "Killing Them Softly" is a good drama movie of 2012. Set in 2008 the movie's plot is two men named "Frankie" portrayed by "Scoot McNairy" and "Russell" portrayed by "Ben Mendelsohn" break into a house to steal from mobsters playing poker, eventually an assassin named "Jack" portrayed by "Brad Pitt" is hired to hunts these men down and kill them. The film opens with "Frankie" walking through a tunnel with "Barack Obama's" voice being heard. The scene is shot well but keeps cutting back to the opening credits. For the most part the movie it show "Frankie" and "Russell" living their lives, doing drugs and smoking. These scenes are sometimes boring and stupid. The other scenes are splendid; they show "Jack" coming after "Frankie" and "Russell". The final scene of the film is incredible, "Brad Pitt" delivers the movie's last line exceptionally. As stated before the first 15 to 20 minutes of the film look like "Frankie" and "Russell" are the main characters of the film. "Brad Pitt" gives the audience a terrific performance and his scenes are definitely the best part of the movie. Music is used very minimal, which actually makes the movie scenes better, during dramatic scenes no music makes them better to watch. During the film there is a scene where "Jack" murders a man in a car, the scene is both violent and if looked at closely looks extremely bad C.G.I. and idiotic. If you are a person who enjoys "Brad Pitt" movies then I recommend you watch "Killing Them Softly" as it has superb acting, perfect drama and great scenes. Although the movie has some issues, these being confusing the audience, stupid scenes and poorly done "Computer Generated Images". I give 2012's "Killing Them Softly" a 7/10.
April 11, 2016
½ April 10, 2016
starts out ok then gets really dull and boring. story us not interesting at all
March 30, 2016
Great performances, political parallels, and stylized action keep Killing Them Softly's unconventional story interesting throughout the run time.
Grade: B+
½ March 26, 2016
A good crime movie. Brad Pitt is excellent as a hit man.
March 23, 2016
Underrated film too say the least.
½ March 23, 2016
Not entertaining, very little action, suspense at a minimal
½ March 13, 2016
This is a great movie,filled with electric performances, slick direction and beautiful cinematography. I think a lot of people went in with the wrong expectations that's why it has such a low user score. I implore you to give it a second glance if you didn't like it upon first watch.
March 3, 2016
it starts good, but while the time runs, the movie gets boring, and more boring, and boring as hell!
½ February 27, 2016
Heavy handed and meandering with its anti-capitalism message. Great cast & performances, but not really worth the effort unless you're a hardcore fan of crime dramas or cynical rhetoric.
February 2, 2016
A slow moving crime drama that would have benefited from a different director and better script. The acting is fine and great cast but the movie was very involving and poor pacing.
½ January 18, 2016
Gandolfini is the only spark in this blunt, rather empty flatline of a film.
½ January 17, 2016
The characters who die in "Killing them Softly" are ironically or not, not killed softly at all. In fact quite the opposite. Writer-director Andrew Dominik shoots these scenes in the noisiest way possible, employing graphic visuals, super slow motion executions, and shots ringing out so realistically loud-as if you were next to someone with a gun going off at point blank range, straining your eardrums. Organized crime in America is troubled, just like the rest of the economy with a business slowdown and a growing recession. The film seems to be trying--and failing-- to draw parallels between events unfolding in the film's forefront and the running background narrative of the 2008 financial meltdown and presidential election. Perhaps if the primary narrative were more coherently developed those parallels would be easier to understand.

The plot of "Killing Them Softly" is bare, and straight forward. Three amateurs stickup a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. A genial guy named Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta) operates high-stakes poker games for the mob. One night the game is hit by two hooded stick-up men, who make off with a big pile of mob money. This in itself is suspicious, because it looks like an inside job, because who is crazy enough to attempt this brazen act. A high-level mob boss named Mickey (James Gandolfini) arrives in town and orders the executions of the amateurs by a hit man named Jackie (Brad Pitt), who likes to kill softly and briefly explains why. These are the first two of many, many mob-on-mob killings in the film.

"Killing Them Softly" continues as a dismal, dreary series of cruel and painful murders, mostly by men who know one another, in a barren city where it's usually night and almost always raining. There is one female character in the film, a hooker employed by Mickey, who is the only mobster not exclusively obsessed with crime or money. As the body count grows, we meet Driver (Richard Jenkins), a gravel-voiced chief executive who appears often behind the wheel of a car parked in the wastelands beneath bridges.

Fine cinematography continues to be one of the hallmarks of Andrew Dominik, but here we feel short changed at its abrupt ending that didn't go anywhere. It did its job in bringing current proceedings to a close, yet opening another door that left it hanging like an unfinished job. "Killing Them Softly" is a curiously dead movie (pun not intended). It never really gets off the ground and is strangely flat in spite of a generally excellent cast and a premise brimming with tough guy possibilities.
January 15, 2016
Scoot McNairy delivers a great performance alongside an enigmatic turn from Brad Pitt. These players are supported by a strong cast in a solid crime thriller that is unfortunately let down by it's own vanity

The lack of subtlety is apparent from start to finish. You are aware that this film is trying to deliver a message, and are reminded of this at every possible moment.

As with every Andrew Dominik film, 'Killing Them Softly' is a cinematically stunning film. Each frame is bleak and coldly lit. One stand out scene being Ray Liotta's character being beaten in a rain-drenched parking lot.

A scathing commentary on America's Capitilist agenda; this film failed to make a mark on the box office. But at the end of the day "It's only money"
January 11, 2016
Maybe my favorite last scene of a movie I can think of off the top of my head.
December 28, 2015
Dull, pretentious, and meandering, Killing Them Softly never hits the mark.
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