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Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly
  • 2012
  • US
  • 104 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Andrew Dominik
  • Written by: George V. Higgins (novel), Andrew Dominik (screenplay)
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn
  • UK release: 21 September 2012

The director of Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James returns with a bleakly humourous gangster flick offering a commentary on modern day moral bankruptcy. It's got some audacious cinematography but is let down by some dialogue-heavy sequences that aren’t quite witty or insightful enough to keep up the momentum, and ultimately sits in the shadow of that other attitude-driven genre piece, Pulp Fiction.

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13 Sep 2012

What we said, and they said, about Andrew Dominik's Brad Pitt-starring hitman drama

We said ‘A variable beast [it] initially impresses with its audacious cinematography. However most of the film relies on dialogue-heavy sequences that aren’t quite witty or insightful enough to keep up the momentum.’ The List They said ‘It is…

Cannes 2012: Killing Them Softly

24 May 20123 stars

Andrew Dominik’s stylish gangster film is visually impressive if occasionally lacking momentum

Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik’s third film following Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford, is a bleakly humourous gangster flick with an underlying commentary on modern day moral bankruptcy. It begins with…

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