Killing Them Softly

  • 18
  • Andrew Dominik (2012)
  • US
  • 93 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

The foul-mouthed spirit of David Mamet hangs heavy over this modern-day crime drama set during the Bush-Obama handover in 2008. It begins with two petty criminals, Scoot McNairy (Monsters) and Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom), being briefed by a small-time mobster on a job that involves holding up a high-stakes poker game run by local bigshot Ray Liotta. But then the victims of the stick-up bring in enforcer Brad Pitt to hunt down the dim-witted culprits. Pitt is terrific as the cold-blooded but practical gunman, and his effortlessly cool, world-weary presence makes up for the film's shortcomings, despite his relatively late entry into the proceedings. Otherwise, this a talky and heavy-handed comment on post-financial crisis USA that fails to add anything new to the gangster genre, and is only saved from earnest preaching by a raucous turn from James Gandolfini as a drunk, womanising and ultimately incompetent hitman, and some well-executed, gripping set pieces.

Plot Summary

Two small-time crooks rob an illegal poker game run by the Mob. A hitman is sent to resolve the situation by either tracking down the culprits or making an example of the gangster who organised the game, but his decision to involve a washed-up old friend threatens the assignment. Crime thriller, starring Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini and Ray Liotta.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jackie Cogan
Brad Pitt
Markie Trattman
Ray Liotta
Frankie
Scoot McNairy
Russell
Ben Mendelsohn
Driver
Richard Jenkins
Mickey
James Gandolfini
Johnny Amato
Vincent Curatola
Kenny Gill
Slaine
Barry Caprio
Max Casella
Steve Caprio
Trevor Long
Dillon
Sam Shepard

Crew

Director
Andrew Dominik

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 21 Sep 2012
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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