Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly

Andrew Dominik (2012)

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Our Score
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.


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

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
Director Andrew Dominik
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Sep 2012