Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly

In this dark comic crime thriller, a couple of drug-addled low-lifes rob a mob-protected poker game. Enforcer Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) is tasked with tracking the thieves down, and making an example of them to restore confidence in a grubby business built on trust. Pitt re-teams with Kiwi-born director Andrew Dominik after The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Also stars James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta and Richard Jenkins.

While the collapse of the U.S. and global economy lurks in the background, Killing Them Softly depicts a criminal underworld that, like Wall Street, runs on perception, reputation and bureaucratic process - not to mention a bunch of poorly paid Average Joes making a living by doing unpleasant work for their bosses.

2012Rating: R16, contains violence, drug use, offensive language & sexual themes97 minsUSA
Thriller
Director:
Andrew Dominik ('Chopper', 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford')
Writer:
Andrew Dominik
Cast:
Brad PittScoot McNairyBen MendelsohnJames GandolfiniVincent CuratolaRichard JenkinsRay LiottaTrevor Long
86%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Total Film

Total Film

press

Tough, stylish, violent and studded with stars – but like so many of its American gangsters, Killing Them Softly doesn't quite get the job done.

3.0
0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Despite enough pummeling to flatten Rocky Balboa in all six movies, the only thing that truly rewards your attendance is Pitt in another effortless star performance.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This is an unrepentantly cynical take on the hope-and-change promised to the US in 2008; this year's election race makes it look even bleaker, an icily confident black comedy of continued disillusion.

5.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film is terribly smart in every respect, with ne'er-a-false note performances and superb craft work from top to bottom.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A good, efficient crime thriller, let down by clunky social commentary but lifted by excellent performances, including perhaps Brad Pitt's recent best.

3.0
0

Killing Them Softly is essential viewing. Gritty, tense, darkly funny and one of the best films of the year. Director Andrew Dominik uses the same stylish direction and stunning cinematography as his previous work, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. One of Killing Them Softly's greatest strengths is it's cast. Brad Pitt plays...

5.0
0

dialogue indecipherable at times, long pieces of meaningless script, looked like college kids been given a film camera to play with....DO NOT go see it !

1.0
0

Good trailer, poor movie. Characters that didn't need to be there either. Dodge a bullet and miss this one

2.0
0

If you like the idea of seeing a bullet enter someone's head in extreme slow motion this is your film! It's really just another gangland film pretending to be a social commentary on greed and violence in America. Once again Brad Pitt struggles to maintain his accent, James Gandolfini is still Tony Soprano and the American crime flick makes us all glad we...

3.0
0

Dont waste your time with this slow and pointless movie. As it ended my partner and I looked at each other and kinda laughed - What the??

1.0
0

Read the 5 stars and thought... wow 5 stars. Must see it. Very disappointed as it was depressing, violent and grim movie that looked like it was sponsored by big tobacco.

2.0
0

Whilst I'm not going to argue that it was a great movie, I am going to rustle some jimmies and say it's not the best thing I've ever seen, not even the best thing I've seen this year. It has some interesting points: life is cheap, the underworld is equally impacted by the recession and the glory days of the old organised crime world have gone. Intriguing,...

3.0
0

Kiwi-born 'Chopper' director Andrew Dominik reunites with 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' star Bradley Pitt for a dark, brooding noir that proves they can and do make 'em like they used to. Dominik's script (loosely based on George Higgins' crime thriller 'Cogan's Trade') oozes menace and well-wrought dialogue, as Pitt's mob...

5.0
0

Andrew Dominik's cold-blooded satire of American corporate-political-capitalism cuts through its subject like a freshly sharpened guillotine blade. At least someone clearly wants retribution for the two trillion seventy billion dollars that Bush and Obama handed out to the banks while America sank in its own mud. The Aussie auteur responsible for the...

4.0
0

In the tradition of underworld crime dramas such as The Godfather, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly is a tense and gripping tale of gangland politics, yet reaches for more with sharp allegory and moments of biting satirical jabs at the bureaucratic mishandling of the recent financial crisis. Featuring an impressive ensemble of solid performances,...

3.0
0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Tough, stylish, violent and studded with stars – but like so many of its American gangsters, Killing Them Softly doesn't quite get the job done.

3.0
0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Despite enough pummeling to flatten Rocky Balboa in all six movies, the only thing that truly rewards your attendance is Pitt in another effortless star performance.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This is an unrepentantly cynical take on the hope-and-change promised to the US in 2008; this year's election race makes it look even bleaker, an icily confident black comedy of continued disillusion.

5.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film is terribly smart in every respect, with ne'er-a-false note performances and superb craft work from top to bottom.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A good, efficient crime thriller, let down by clunky social commentary but lifted by excellent performances, including perhaps Brad Pitt's recent best.

3.0
0

Killing Them Softly is essential viewing. Gritty, tense, darkly funny and one of the best films of the year. Director Andrew Dominik uses the same stylish direction and stunning cinematography as his previous work, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. One of Killing Them Softly's greatest strengths is it's cast. Brad Pitt plays...

5.0
0

dialogue indecipherable at times, long pieces of meaningless script, looked like college kids been given a film camera to play with....DO NOT go see it !

1.0
0

Good trailer, poor movie. Characters that didn't need to be there either. Dodge a bullet and miss this one

2.0
0

If you like the idea of seeing a bullet enter someone's head in extreme slow motion this is your film! It's really just another gangland film pretending to be a social commentary on greed and violence in America. Once again Brad Pitt struggles to maintain his accent, James Gandolfini is still Tony Soprano and the American crime flick makes us all glad we...

3.0
0

Dont waste your time with this slow and pointless movie. As it ended my partner and I looked at each other and kinda laughed - What the??

1.0
0

Read the 5 stars and thought... wow 5 stars. Must see it. Very disappointed as it was depressing, violent and grim movie that looked like it was sponsored by big tobacco.

2.0
0

Whilst I'm not going to argue that it was a great movie, I am going to rustle some jimmies and say it's not the best thing I've ever seen, not even the best thing I've seen this year. It has some interesting points: life is cheap, the underworld is equally impacted by the recession and the glory days of the old organised crime world have gone. Intriguing,...

3.0
0

Kiwi-born 'Chopper' director Andrew Dominik reunites with 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' star Bradley Pitt for a dark, brooding noir that proves they can and do make 'em like they used to. Dominik's script (loosely based on George Higgins' crime thriller 'Cogan's Trade') oozes menace and well-wrought dialogue, as Pitt's mob...

5.0
0

Andrew Dominik's cold-blooded satire of American corporate-political-capitalism cuts through its subject like a freshly sharpened guillotine blade. At least someone clearly wants retribution for the two trillion seventy billion dollars that Bush and Obama handed out to the banks while America sank in its own mud. The Aussie auteur responsible for the...

4.0
0

In the tradition of underworld crime dramas such as The Godfather, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly is a tense and gripping tale of gangland politics, yet reaches for more with sharp allegory and moments of biting satirical jabs at the bureaucratic mishandling of the recent financial crisis. Featuring an impressive ensemble of solid performances,...

3.0
0