Review: 'Killing Them Softly' hammers its message hard - KCTV5

Review: 'Killing Them Softly' hammers its message hard

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Brad Pitt proves once again he's at the top of his game in the new crime movie Killing Them Softly.

He plays a clean-up man of sorts for the mafia, after a gambling session is robbed at gunpoint by two lower-ranking thugs.

Actor Ray Liotta's "Markie Trattman" is in charge of the game, and becomes an instant suspect in the robbery, considering he admitted to setting up the robbery of one of his own game years ago. He took his beating after it, but the incident was eventually forgotten.

But now, with this recent robbery, he's the first man suspected even though the mob leaders believe he'd be too stupid to pull the same scheme again.

The film takes place before the election of President Barack Obama, and the struggling economy plays a big role. With the mob poker games getting robbed, the problem's putting extra stress on the income of organized crime. Despite dealing with criminal activity, murder and other dark areas, the film actually had some big laughs. The conversations between Brad Pitt's "Jackie" and Richard Jenkins's character (a higher-up in the mob game that is never actually named) were often very humorous.

Scoot McNairy is an actor who hasn't quite broken the mainstream in the acting world yet, but I found his performance to be a true standout as the thug who pulled off the poker game robbery.

Actor James Gandolfini of Sopranos fame was also an excellent addition to the crime drama, playing a hit man past his prime. He chews up the scenery as an alcoholic who cares more about getting drunk and fooling around with hookers than he does taking care of the job he's hired to do.

The film gives a very cynical view of the state of the U.S. pre-President Obama, and it draws a lot of great laughs. Still, if you're expecting a lot of violence and action (there is some) you may come out disappointed. The film mainly focuses on the discussions between the various criminal underworld characters.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie for what it was, but I don't expect it to win any awards. It was entertaining, but ultimately forgettable.

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