Killing Them Softly has been surprisingly under the radar for a film rejoining Brad Pitt with The Assasination Of Jesse James director, Andrew Dominik. We saw this at Cannes, and it deserves way more attention so here’s latest images and clips so you can see for yourself.
Killing Them Softly brings out the best in Brad Pitt, in a role that reminded me of his performance in Fight Club, and it’s one of those films that should be only any film lovers ‘Must See’ list this fall. Easily a quiet contender for the Oscars, but I have a feeling this year, nominated films are going to be a little less violent after The Dark Knight Rises James Holmes shooting.
Plus Harvey Weinstein did a press push talking about these types of films even though his companies have put out a multitude of films with people getting shot up and beaten to a pulp. Killing Them Softly is one of those beaten to a pulp films, but it’s just a really great film that should be seen, and I hope the Weinstein’s aren’t soft pushing this one since it would look a little odd to push a rather violent film after doing a publicity push for non-violence and being more responsible in the film community, etc. Whenever one of these tragedies occur, someone makes this statement, especially when they’ve got a good slew of films coming down the pipeline, and then after a few months, nothing changes and the films continue. As I’ve said before, people have tried to blame violence in films like the Don Murphy Produced Natural Born Killers, but it’s more about taking personal responsibility for your actions rather than fucking up and then looking desperately for someone to blame rather than man up to what you’ve done. So that’s my rant for people thinking that censoring films is the answer. It won’t work since there’s way more components to violence and it will continue with people just finding another thing to blame for it happening.
As you’ll see in the trailer, this film has all the right elements, including comedy along with great pacing and a wonderful story. It’s easy to push this film after seeing it, and once you’ve seen it, you’ll wonder why it’s not getting more attention.
[callout title=Killing Them Softly Movie Synopsis]When their poker game is knocked off by petty thieves, the Mob calls in their best enforcer, Jackie Cogan, to make things right. Under the eye of a mysterious driver, Jackie must track down and punish those responsible for the heist. His assignment is complicated by those he comes up against along the way – an aging, drunken hit man, some bumbling local gangsters, and the ladies’ man who ran the ill-fated game.
Starring: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, Max Casella, Bella Heathcote, Scoot McNairy
Directed by: Andrew Dominik