Andrew Dominick's cynical vision of a money-driven America pares down capitalism to its basest components through the lens of a collapsing mob economy. About as subtle as a sledgehammer, Dominick laces the film with blatant symbolism, playing quotes from Presidents Bush and Obama under many scenes to parallel the 2008 economic crisis with the acts of political thugs and criminals. Nice try but no cigar.
Underwhelming & contrived, save for a few scenes, the film appears to suffer from two main problems. Firstly, the actors feel like they've been forced to stick to a script heavily weighted by exposition, thus hindering their ownership of the words. Secondly, the film statement on 'Business' that comes at the end is not enough of a pay-off or is not the right fit to justify the film used to sell it. 2.5 stars
The first scene seems like the work of a visionary, but those same politicking soundbites wear thin later in the film. However, when it sticks to its characters it possesses an awesome sense of woozy sadness and decay, of men talking in cars and bars, and finding it is only death that resolves anything.
Killing Them Softly's a slick, thoroughly impressive & beautifully-directed mob tale mirroring the recent economic meltdown. The story's all in the dialogue & details with zero glamour & a shitload of grit. The characters & acting are nothing short of magnificent & anytime someone gets fucked up you're in for a real treat. The icing on the cake was Brad Pitt's final speech. I wish I saw this in the theater.
lean gangster yarn adapted to economic depression on the eve of obama's inauguration. takes place in an alternate universe where everyone drives american cars. a truly great "gangsters talk about stuff" movie.
The original cut of this film was two and a half hours, which I honestly can't believe. This film felt like it had seventy-minutes of material, but needed to fuel its time with roughly forty minutes more of random, directionless, unimportant banter, showcasing the misogyny and mobster day-to-day life. Repetitive, dull, if slick in its cinematography, and nothing but a tired moral at the end.