Originally Posted by laugsbach
Last night was our Redbox movie night...
Killing Them Softly
It pays to rent movies.
The DVD/Blu-ray was released in March 2013. The scene photo is of supporting actor Ben Mendelsohn.
Three amateurs stickup a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the hitman hired to track them down and restore order. Killing Them Softly also features Richard Jenkins , James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, and Vincent Curatola. Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard also make appearances.
New Zealand-born Australian film director Andrew Dominik wrote the screenplay is based on a 1974 novel Cogan's Trade
. This is Dominik's third film, his last project was The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
. It appears that the book and movie are fairly similar except for the locale change from Boston to New Orleans.
Although the critics generally liked the film it did come with a fair amount of criticism. My impression almost from the get-go is that the director was trying for a Tarantino vibe. There are lengthy chats from the characters about what's been happening in their lives unrelated to the story, stylistic camera shots and angles and spurts of brutal violence. Unfortunately some of these conversations drag on and bring the movie, if not to a halt, at least to a crawl. However for me the biggest disconnect is the director trying to tie the story to capitalism and our financial meltdown. Brad Pitt's diatribe at the end of the film and rant about what's wrong with this country is searing. 6/10.