It seems that the current state of politics has crept into most of the films we now view today.
"Killing Them Softly" shows the political influence that the affairs of America has on even the most seasoned criminals.
Have you ever heard of mobsters worried about the economic growth or recession?
Well, this film is definitely one where you can see hit man, Brad Pitt(Jackie Cogan), serve up his views on why he should be paid in full for his remarkable services.
"Killing Them Softly" is an interesting film where there isn't mindless killing, but death dealt in a way that remains in compliance with political ethics.
The film starts off following three low level hustlers looking to make a quick score through robbing Markie Trattman(Ray Liotta), proprietor of a criminal poker ring. Markie is a well known jokester within his community of criminals that has pulled several pranks and hi-jinxs against his brethren in the past. The hoods gained knowledge of these events and attempted to capitalize on Markie's vulnerability within the criminal enterprise. They feel that by robbing one of Markie's poker games, everyone will assume it's just another prank and Markie will take the blame. This sounds like an easy win, but once Jackie Cogan gets wind of the disarray within their organization, order must be restored by any means necessary.
Normally, when one watches a film packed with hitmen, guns and violence, you don't expect to gain food for thought in the process. "Killing Them Softly" is a different movie that focuses on characters having well-written dialogue to justify their actions and responses throughout the film. This movie isn't by any means a "V For Vendetta", but it does drop a few jewels throughout the plot, as well as, pose a few questions about politics and the end result of the common people. "Killing Them Softly" also just happens to based on a book called Cogan's Trade from author George V. Higgins, in 1974. With the film being based off of Cogan's Trade, this more than likely explains the reasons that the characters have such depth and interesting view points to discuss throughout the presentation.
This film also boast some amazing effects of slo-motion captured during the more intense hits and carnage within the movie. For example the infamous car hit, when you see it you will know exactly what I'm talking about. This slo motion, unique cinematography even bleeds into a drugged out conversation from a heroin addict. As I stated earlier, this movie is interesting in more ways than one and the visual effects are just another cherry thrown on top of an already delicious sundae. So kudos go out to Greig Fraser and his crew for taking this film to the next level.
We were also happy to see Brad Pitt on the big screen again, you know it's been a while since he's done any acting with the kids and all. Along with Brad, there are a few more pleasant surprises to the film such as Soprano's superstar, James Gandolfini playing as MIckey, an alcoholic hitman whose more concerned with regret than fulfilling job requirements. "Killing Them Softly" is a nice update from Brad Pitt, as we all are looking forward to watching "World War Z' which will be playing sometime in June. So to wrap up, rent "Killing Them Soflty", if you want to watch criminals dealing with the concerns of the average man within these harsh economic times.
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