Killing Them Softly (2012)
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“America's not a country, it's a business. Now fucking pay me”
Why the hate? This brilliant film only gets 6.4/10 on IMDb. Thankfully the critics like it more, it gets 75% on Rotten Tomatoes. Even that is low IMO. This is one of the best gangster/thriller/crime film I have seen in a long time. I loved how it dealt with the dream of America and how America really is and how it showed that there was really now difference between white collar crime and other kind of crime except that one goes to prison or is killed while the other gets away with it. And all of this is done through background news soundbites.
Add to this beautiful cinema cinematography, great acting and solid directing and you have a film that is quite close to being a masterpiece. Unlike Argo, which will mostly be forgotten in 10 years this will be remembered and loved.
Loved the soundtrack to this film-- its unexpected but I really enjoyed it. When the camera is mounted on the car door and opens and closes with a shake, brilliant. Also that last line, well done.
So disappointing after Andrew Dominik's last film - the sublime "Assassination of Jesse James" - how could it be otherwise? That film was a dark bolt of post-Western beauty, this is a standard inner city crime drama, all rain slicked streets, drugged up losers, tough talking bad guys, Brad Pitt squinting and chewing on a matchstick in a leather jacket. That's fine, but even there it fails to live up to expectations. The good: Pitt is ever watchable although never pushed out of his comfort zone as a cold and calm hitman; the cinematography is great; the opening heist is wonderfully tense; Ben Mendelsohn delivers another great performance after "Animal Kingdom" as a sweaty, shambolic no-hope criminal who helps pull off the wrong score. The bad: the constant background references to the financial slump and worldwide recession makes the whole film feel like a poorly conceived and rather simple minded polemic against capitalism.... it's like being battered to death by the subtext.... and bizarrely James Gandolfini's two long scenes are badly written and feature some of the worst continuity I've seen in years. I ended up paying more attention to the leaping levels and positions of multiple martinis and beers than listen to the tired dialogue. It's probably better overall than any recent similarly themed crime drama I can think of, so low expectations will work wonders, but it's no classic and that's certainly what I was hoping for.
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