Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly

DVD - 2013
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Jackie Cogan is an enforcer for the mob. When a high-stakes, mob-protected card game is heisted by some small-time crooks, Cogan is called in to track them down and restore order to the local criminal economy.
Publisher: [United States] : Anchor Bay Entertainment : [distributed in Canada by] Alliance Films, [2013]
Branch Call Number: DVD KILLING
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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66healey
Dec 22, 2015

Not an easy movie to watch, because of the violence and portrayal of the grit and grime of criminal life. But rewarding because of the character types played by Pitt, Gandolfini, Liotta, Jenkins, etc. The ending succinctly presents the ultimate cynical statement about life in America, as observed in newspapers and the media every day.

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voisjoe1_0
Nov 22, 2015

This was a top-notch hitman tale (based on a novel by George Higgins, also the author of The Friends of Eddie Coyle adapted to an excellent crime film starring Robert Mitchum). Ben Mendelsohn plays a real slime ball petty criminal, Brad Pitt plays a real cool hitman who equates Wall Street tycoons as just dressed up criminals, and James Gandolfini as a drunken lecherous hitman. Ray Liotta also played the role of a thieving gambler hall owner who made one big mistake in life. One of the hit scenes is played in slow motion like a bunch of ballerinas dancing around – some real creativity there.

The Australian director Andrew Dominik wrote and directed one of my favorite films of the last ten years, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD. KILLING THEM SOFTLY is not as visually compelling but the writing is. I've never read George V. Higgins' COGAN'S TRADE which is the novel the screenplay of KILLING THEM SOFTLY adapts. So I can't say how much of the dialogue is lifted from Higgins. But having read THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE I'd guess very little. There are three scenes where the writing is amazing. The first is a dialogue between the two petty criminals who rob the card game (which is the focus of the movie). They're discussing women and how they are when they have sex. I've never seen anything like it in a Hollywood movie. It's ugly, misogynistic and true. The next is a dialogue in a hotel room between the two hitmen, played by Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini. Gandolfini discusses his passion for cooze. Once again, it's boundary crossing; I haven't really seen anything like it in a Hollywood film. It's a harsh but accurate look at how hard men talk to each other about women. Then there is the final scene in a dive bar where Brad Pitt's up until now laconic character sprouts oratorical wings and takes off on a discourse about Obama, Jefferson and America, which concludes: "This guy wants to tell me we're living in a community? Don't make me laugh. I'm living in America, and in America, you're on your own. America is not a country; it's a business. Now f***ing pay me." KILLING ME SOFTLY is a movie that should be seen. It is a study of the nuts and bolts of organized criminality set against the backdrop of the 2008 financial meltdown and presidential election. The message is obvious. The system, capitalism, is criminal; whether a president or a junky trigger man, it's all robbery.

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dmirza
Aug 19, 2014

Truly garbage. Could not watch the whole thing. Slow-moving plot, poor dialogue and superficial suspense made this movie utterly stupid.

This movie was truly awful. I can't believe I watched the entire movie. It was so bad that it was mesmerizing. Kind of like watching a train wreck in extreme slow motion.

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0cho
Apr 24, 2014

Terrible movie. Could not get through the thing. Watch it until they set fire to car, that part is hilarious, then turn it off.

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theycallhimdrew84
Apr 10, 2014

I gave this movie 5 stars not because of Brad Pitt.
5 Because it was dialogue intense.
To me it was what kept the movie going. I liked the way it was filmed too.
Filled with so many Camera Tricks and angles that I can see this film being shown in a Cinema Class one day.
If you like Intense Dialogue and appreciate nice Camera work... Go for this title.

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funky_d
Mar 16, 2014

I'm on the fence on this one. Feels like something Scorsese and Tarantino sketched out but didn't finish. Too much is taken on, too little thought out in plot. It's too bad b/c the cast is robust. Gandolfini does a great job recreating a gangster while not just showing up as Tony Soprano. He was a talented actor who could nuance this role to be unique. Regrettable that his role in this was so small. Brad Pitt does a decent job here. He's an enigma and what may have added dimension would have been to show what happens in his life when he isn't killing people. Richard Jenkins always shows up and despite his small role, he works it. The movie is uneven and anti-climactic. The violence is stylized in slow motion and magnified and presented artistically which, for me, was an odd choice and didn't work. I don't recommend it yet there are some parts that I enjoyed--namely the scenes with Gandolfini and Pitt.

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kayliemarie
Mar 01, 2014

Awful movie. Done.

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eliasmerkins
Dec 30, 2013

Somehow entertaining but a dislocated story, not an action movie not a thriller nor a drama. A great way to spend an evening if there isn't really nothing else to do.

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jellobird1
Sep 19, 2013

Coarse Language: a few scenes with swearing

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jellobird1
Sep 19, 2013

Violence: brief but brutal scenes

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Ron@Ottawa
Jun 30, 2013

Sexual Content: One sexual situation; plenty of F words used throughout.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jun 30, 2013

Violence: Plenty violence, often done in slow motion.

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“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” -Franklin D Roosevelt

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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