Thursday, May 19, 2016

Killing Them Softly (2012)


Cannes Film Festival 2012

Palme d'Or
Andrew Dominik

The Weinstein Company
Directed by Andrew Dominik
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

Two low level thugs are hired to hold up a mob card game. They get away with the money, but the gangsters hire professional hit man Brad Pitt to find and kill them. Pitt, friends with one of the thugs, hires aging hitman James Gandolfini to help. Interesting character study of various sundry types with little regard for the value of human life. Pitt tries to stay above the fray and ruminates on the nature of his job. Gandolfini may be the most repulsive of the bunch: a middle aged sex addict and alchoholic. Occasional political imagery from the 2012 presidential election is nothing more than bacground chatter.

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