Anchor Bay Press Release: Killing Them Softly (DVD)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Wow, my coworker tried to go see this last week but it was already out of the theater! Anyone see it?
     
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    Yes, I've seen it. For what it's worth, here's the mini review I wrote on it:
    After an illegal poker game (under mafia sanction) is robbed by two small time hoods (Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn), a hit man (Brad Pitt) is brought in to not only find out who robbed the game but to execute them. Based on the 1974 novel Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins, the film tries too hard to be cool and what we end up with is a stylish but empty vessel. Andrew Dominik's last film Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford was one of the great American films of the last decade but fearing a sophomore stumble, I went in with lowered expectations. Alas, I should have lowered them more. A really disappointing film. Dominik has gussied up the film, bookending the film with Obama speeches, in an attempt to tie in the current economical situation in the U.S. with the film's cynical portrait of a corrupt America spawning the vermin who populate the film. No surprise, Pitt delivers another finely etched performance (no one else in the film matches him), too good for the movie because it exposes how rotten everything else is in it. Instead of being shocked or repelled by the violence like we would be in a Peckinpah film, Dominik lingers over it in slow motion from various angles until one wants to scream, "Enough already!". With Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins and Sam Shepard.
     
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    Excited for this. This is a movie I wanted to see but not for $10. Pitt still has it.
     
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    The film was really hit and miss all around. It was great seeing the cast but it seems like most were just on auto pilot playing types of characters they've done much better in the past. The directing style was just weird to say the least and the political stuff was just.... I don't know, out of place perhaps. I guess the point was to say that mobsters and gangsters are effected by the bad economy but I doubt most will give a damn about that.
     
  6. Ronald Epstein

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    Updated with official press release and new artwork
     
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    i wonder if we will see gangster squad anytime soon.
     

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