Edward's Review of Killing Them Softly
Killing Them Softly(2012)
If you thought Drive was slow, wait till you see Killing Them Softly. Andrew Dominik's second film with Brad Pitt is yet another critique of the American Dream as a sheer and utter lie. It spews dated, narcissistic, and at times naive philosophy disguised as drama. It starts promisingly enough: three not so bright guys planning to rob a poker hall previously robbed by its owner Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta). They believe that because Markie's previous effort was openly known but suffered no repercussions, Markie will be automatically blamed this time and take the fall while they get off scott-free. This robbery sends the entire criminal underworld into upheaval, forcing a hitman named Jackie (Brad Pitt) to come in and clean up the mess.
What follows are a lot of drawn out discussions that fail to progress the story or develop the characters in an engaging manner. The shots are uninspired, creating no tone. atmosphere, or any sense of a city collapsing under the weight of the 2008 Financial Crisis. Gangster life is as much a corporate business entity as Walmart. Movies like The Godfather and Scarface as well as TV shows like The Sopranos or Boardwalk Empire have focused on the relationship between gangsters and the economy, and they are far more insightful or intriguing than Killing Them Softly could ever hope to be.