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Killing Them Softly
7.2
/10
5,964 Ratings

KILLING THEM SOFTLY

Directed by Andrew Dominik
United States, 2012
Crime, Thriller, Drama

Synopsis

During the 2008 financial crisis, Jackie Cogan, a hitman, is hired to deal with the aftermath of a mafia poker game robbery that ruptured the criminal economy. But the bureaucracy of the syndicate, an unreliable colleague, and Cogan’s habit of only killing from a safe distance become obstacles.

Synopsis

During the 2008 financial crisis, Jackie Cogan, a hitman, is hired to deal with the aftermath of a mafia poker game robbery that ruptured the criminal economy. But the bureaucracy of the syndicate, an unreliable colleague, and Cogan’s habit of only killing from a safe distance become obstacles.

Our take

Andrew Dominik’s gritty neo-noir hits hard on the economic despair of the great recession, overlaying its thrilling mob narrative with presidential election speeches from 2008. Starring Brad Pitt as a cool-as-can-be hitman, it is James Gandolfini who steals the show with his tragic performance.