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Killing Them Softly
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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 (
) and Ben Mendelsohn (
), 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.
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 & Crew
Violence, swearing, drug abuse.
DVD and Blu-ray
21 Sep 2012
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