Film Review: Killing Them Softly (2012)



***Review Previously Written on My Personal Rotten Tomatoes Account***

Plot: Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.

My Rating: 8/10 [80%]

Right of the bat, when the film began I thought I knew what I was in store for: the typical gangster crime-drama with maybe a twist here and there for good measure. But boy I sure was wrong. ‘Killing Them Softly’ is a brutal, and often darkly funny film that pulls all of the punches of your typical crime film, but with such a refreshing perspective. Brad Pitt plays Jackie, the mob enforcer sent to kill three dumb criminals who single-handedly topple the criminal economy. This is probably his best role since ‘Inglourious Basterds’, he gave such a brilliant performance, probably one of the best of his career. Yes, I did rank ‘Moneyball’ higher, but I personally thought this role was more suited for him, although he gave a brilliant performance there as well. Also starring in excellent roles include actors Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, and Ray Liotta, all giving extraordinary performances. The whole cast is pretty much a crime-film dream cast. The film was written and directed by Andrew Dominik, whose last film was 2007’s ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’, which also starred Pitt and was an excellent film in its own right. The script was sharp, well-developed, and often times darkly funny, and it features a satiric parable on capitalism woven into the plot. It is mainly a dialogue-driven film, but the dialogue is stunning and never feels out of place. The direction is quite well edited, with stylish cinematography.

In conclusion of this sloppy review, ‘Killing Them Softly’ may not be the best film of the year, but it is however a very good gangster story that is both very well developed and acted, and not to mention quite exciting. I don’t highly recommend it, but it is worth at least one viewing.



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