Killing Them Softly (2012)
May 20, 2015, 9:46 am
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Killing Them Softly (2012)
Directed by: Andrew Dominik

Killing Them Softly is a film that showed brief (emphasis on brief) moments of being something greater than it was. If it had a braver editor. It’s not a long film, clocking in at 97 minutes. But so much of that was aimless, meandering dialogue that should be dead on the cutting room floor.

When the film does hit, it hits hard. There are some powerful visual scenes. A brutal beating in a rainy car park. A drive-by execution. A drifting, kaleidoscopic heroin interrogation. But these are the gems in a rough of film that is unsure about what it is, and what it wants to be.

In the end it’s hard to feel like the film is not trying to cash in on your nostalgia for the better performances of it’s actors. Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini. It’s a patchwork, cut together from pieces of crime films past. Hard to feel like you haven’t seen the film before in it’s contemporaries. Reminiscent of other modern crime films; Revolver (Another Liotta piece) or Lucky Number Slevin. But they are smarter and braver and have a more cohesive style.

Killing Them Softly is a film unsure of itself. And it’s noticeable.


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I keep meaning to try this one, but something stops me. After reading your review, I can’t see that changing.

Comment by garethrhodes

Depends how much you value your time. If you skip it, you won’t miss anything that you probably haven’t seen before. There are maybe three scenes that are really great scenes, but is it worth sitting through the rest of the film just to get to them? Probably not.

Comment by 16miles

Oddly, I never feel as though films are a waste of my time. I consider them a hobby. I’ll probably get round to this, eventually. That eventually might mean 20yrs from now.

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