Killing Them Softly
Mob films come with an air of high
expectation, which is why when a film like Killing Them Softly
comes along you are anticipating something special. Luckily, it does
Three generally inexperienced thieves hit a
Mafia protected poker game stealing from all the participants and taking
the game money, which results in the collapse of local criminal economy.
This is set against the backdrop of the United States at the time of
onset of the financial crisis and the election race between Barrack
Obama and John McCain. The mob employs hit man, Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt)
to take out these three and restore order into the criminal community.
Killing Them Softly is a brilliant
piece of work. It is one of those wonderful films that combines the
notion of film as entertainment and also as an art form. The film is
thrilling and action-packed. It is very graphic in parts, particularly
when Mickey (Ray Liotta) is undergoing his interrogation of sorts. The
script is very well worded and although you have an idea where the film
is going, you are still intrigued and it captures your attention right
till the very end.
The cinematography is very interesting.
There are many different techniques used throughout the film. Some of
the highlights are when Russell (Ben Mendelsohn) is drifting in and out
of his drug induced state while Frankie (Scoot McNairy) is talking to
him. The fade in and out is employed at the same time as the depiction
of the shot being blurred around the edges makes you feel as though you
are really in Russellís head and have had a bit of the loopy stuff
yourself. Also the slow motion of Jackie Coganís bullet shattering the
carís window in slow motion is as beautiful as such a situation can be.
The soundtrack has been perfectly chosen with each background song
enhancing the emotion of the scene which it is accompanying.
In Killing Me Softly, there are some
good performances by the cast. James Gandolfini gives the stand who love
them, this isnít one to disappoint out performance of the movie. His
monologues are said with a complete embodiment of his character and of
the emotion accompanying what he is saying. He draws you in and you hang
on his every word. Ben Mendelsohn is quite funny and heís very good as
the no-hoper criminal.
Unfortunately, there is no special features
on this Blu-Ray which is quite a shame really. With so many intriguing
decisions made in regards to the cinematography and soundtrack, it would
have been great to hear from director, Andrew Dominik as to how these
decisions were made.
Mob movies arenít everyoneís cup of tea,
but for those who love them, Killing Them Softly doesnít