Friday, December 7, 2012

Killing Them Softly -- Film Review

Killing Them Softly
Release Date: December 5,2012
Starring: Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Scott McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn
Directed by: Andrew Dominik
Distributed by: Multivision Pictures Philippines
Rating: R-16

A Cynical, depressing flick filled with grizzled men bitching about their lives, replete with violent imagery reinforcing the ugly world it believes we all live in, A lot of pointless scenes and drawn out dialogue that distracts from rather than serves the plot hold this film back from greater heights, It do lacked a punch yet delivered great performance, and also the themes are glandiloquent while the cinematography is captivating as usual, then this film will surely be an instant crime classic.

Three dumb guys who think they're smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order. Killing Them Softly also features Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, and Vincent Curatola. Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard also make appearances.

Killing Them Softly is a really weird film to review, It's got obvious thematic ambition is loaded with stylish flair, the film at time felt as if it were going nowhere due to James Gandolfini's character having nothing to do with anything else, and the message is really slapped across your face throughout, But i still enjoyed this one, Eminently sharp in writing, performances and style, An interesting little movie, the best thing happen to this movie is it having only 96mins which is satisfying.

Too slow, all over the place, no character empathy and a lost story line, trying hard to be cool, deep and dark, and it's just a film consisting of many scenes of endless dialogues, strung along by a story of mob revenge, contrasted with the economic collapse of 2008 to make a political statement on the current state of America, but this is occassionalky amusing and provacative and it just fell flat.

Verdict: 2/5


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