Synopsis: An enforcer is hired to deal with the small problem of three small time criminals who rob a mob protected card game.
Main Cast: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Vincent Curatola
The Hype: Killing Them Softly was a Cannes Film Festival selection last year and has a great cast of names and up and comers. It opened across America with an excellent showing in its first weekend.
What I Thought: Quite simply put, this film is utter drivel! Remind me to never watch The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.If this is writer Andrew Dominik’s style, then I want no part of any future of it. Killing Them Softly is long, drawn out, filled with useless, needless chit-chat that has absolutely no bearing on the story whatsoever. Yes, so OK, the plot seems sound, but the aftermath of it is just plain boring. Trying to show that even hitmen are suffering in the recession and that the organised criminal fraternity have introduced austerity measures in this difficult economic climate just does not work as entertainment. If this was Dominik’s aim, then he would have been better suited to holding a placard outside the First National Bank. RUBBISH. So much so that it gets my first 0 out of 5 mark of the year.
Conclusions: Don’t, just don’t.