Killing Them Softly


With Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini

Written by Andrew Dominik & George V. Higgins (based on his novel Cogan's Trade)

Directed by Andrew Dominik

This little flick looks inside the mob underworld with the American financial crash as its backdrop. An underground card game is hit in what seems like an inside job. Pitt's character is an enforcer called in to sort out these internal problems, with extreme prejudice. Not one to get his hands too dirty or up close and personal with his victims, he also calls in another veteran hit man to split the job (played by Gandolfini – who died shortly before I watched this, which had one really take notice of his craft). With pretty much an all-male cast (except for a prostitute on her way out the room), the movie has some interesting personality-driven scenes and some violent ones. It features a good ensemble cast of unique characters (including some prize morons), and Pitt does not come across as the mega-star that he is.

This unique movie makes some great use of slow-motion camera work and features a very familiar crime cinema scenario, but gives it a new angle.

4 / B
- Paul Blom

0 1 2 3 4 5 6
- A - B - C

6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

- A: Multiple Viewing Potential
- B: Deserves Another Look
- C: Once Should Suffice

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