Monday, September 21, 2015

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Director: Andrew Dominik

Writers: Andrew Dominik, George V. Higgins

Starring: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Vincent Curatola, Ray Liotta, Trevor Long, Max Casella, Sam Shepard, Slaine

More info: IMDb

Tagline: In America you're on your own

Plot: Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

I digs me some crime and this one is one I can sink my teeth into. Some find this too slow but I don't.  It's well-paced with an interesting story and a great cast.  Brad Pitt is better than usual and less Brad Pitt-ish than normal, Richard Jenkins is great, James Gandolfini can do no wrong, Ray Liotta is always a pleasure and I would've love to see him in more of this, Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn work well together in the plot that gets things going. With a plot that involves three guys knocking off a mob card game and you can see that at least one of them is a fuckup, you know people are going to die and it's not just the title that conveys that. The thing is, they've got a pretty good reason as to why they'll be able to get away with it when the fingers are all going to point to someone else.  It's a well acted and shot film that stays firmly rooting around in the underbelly of society.  I really dug it.It's currently on Netflix streaming.

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