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Killing Them Softly (2012) Movie Review

November 30, 2012

Andrew Dominik’s previous film, “The Assassination of Jesse James” was a bit slow but quite contemplative and left you thinking. It also had deep characters that you really got to feel for. “Killing Them Softly” is his latest film and is another one of those profanity laden films set in the modern day about crooks with little purpose. I didn’t get to know any of the characters beyond the faces of the familiar actors. The movie spends a good deal of time bombarding the audience with speeches from politicians going on about the economic collapse in 2008. Just like watching a politician give a speech, the film was dry and never got me very excited.

Ordinarily I avoid spoilers in my reviews as a courtesy to those who might want to go into the movie and find something unexpected and exciting. Here, it is safe to say that spoiling the plot would be doing you a favor. To put it simply, a couple of ex-con idiots without a job decide to rob a card game. The guys who run the game hire Jacke (Brad Pitt), a hitman who kills the two idiots and the moron who got them to do it. The characters who live then complain about the uselessness of life, ending the movie.

“Killing Them Softly” is also completely devoid of a score. According to IMDB, Mark Streitenfeld wrote some ambient stuff for the film but just like his stuff for “Prometheus,” it isn’t noticeable. The film uses a few good songs here and there to good effect. Many of the songs are classics from the 50s or earlier.

If you enjoy political commentary in your films for its own sake, you might get something out of the movie. If you are looking for character development or plot that you can sink your teeth into you won’t find it here.  “Killing Them Softly” is a nihilistic waste of space that brings nothing to the table but negativity. Stay far away from this one.



From → Crime, Drama

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