Killing Them Softly


Action / Crime / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 44%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 119757


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Brad Pitt as Jackie
Garret Dillahunt as Eddie Mattie
Ray Liotta as Markie Trattman
Ben Mendelsohn as Russell
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699.13 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 37 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by frankadamswizard 8 / 10

Not everyone is going to be a fan

I can understand why a lot of people don't like this movie, it's wordy like "Sports Night" or "The West Wing" and the wordiness often seems pointless. A lot of people don't like the late George V. Higgins' books and this is based on "Cogan's Trade". All of his books are wordy and his characters are complex people. Like in real life there's often a fine line between good and bad and there's often many shades of gray. Heck, Higgins is the only male fiction writer (I actually read very little fiction) who can spend a half page describing what a character if wearing or the decor of their home. I'd almost bet that every coat worn by any of his characters has a brand mentioned.

While the stories are often complex, and the resolution not always clear, I've always found his books engrossing. Everyone in them is a politician, a cop, a crook (sometimes simultaneously) or some type of public figure. Almost all take place in New England which is mostly where he lived and practiced law. Maybe because I have a pretty active imagination but I swear I can "hear" the different accents in his characters; an Irish guy who grew up in "Southie" regardless of his station in life "sounds" different that a 10th generation banker who sails his 50 foot sailboat and vacations in the Caribbean.

I feel that in "A Choice of Enemies" he gave the best description I've ever read or heard of how "practical" everyday politics operates, or should. That is a book that I've recommended to a dozen or so people and only two of them ever read it, one of them after quitting after 25 or so pages and starting again 8 months later.

The only other book of Higgins that was made into a movie was "The Friends of Eddie Coyle", his first novel, which starred Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle. Although I haven't watched it in years I remember it being more straight up story telling and a "cleaner" crime drama. I first heard of Higgins when in about 1974 Playboy Magazine excerpted "The Diggers Game". Being 26 and in the military a lot of my friends and I read Playboy. In discussing this there were multiple interpretations of what ultimately happened at the end of it.

I enjoy Higgins' way with words and I've adopted several of his phrases into my lexicon. Describing a character's sailboat; "it wasn't small but it wasn't real big either. It would sleep six, f**k four or fight two". If you've ever had a fight with a spouse on a driving or flying trip you'll know how small that is. Another favorite is about the difference between the FBI and other cops; "Nah, we're not the Mounties. We not only get our man but his brother in law and a couple of guys from his bowling team." And of course I've always applied "Bomber's Law" whenever I see anything going on that isn't easily understood. You'll have to read "Bomber's Law" to find out what the law is.

You may have noticed that this "review" is less about the movie and more about Higgins. I intended it to show what type of author wrote the original story and not what to expect from the film. I decided to write this after reading an article about how CinemaScore has only ever had 19 "F" grades. The article describer "Killing Them Softly" as being "European". I guess by that they meant that it doesn't explain every little detail to the audience because they assume the audience are not all idiots.

Reviewed by SimonJack 2 / 10

Boring, gory, dark demo of how easy it is to kill people

"Killing Them Softly" is based on a 2012 novel, "Cogan's Trade," by George V. Higgins (1939-1999). Higgins was someone with a varied career and interests. He is best known for his crime novels. "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" (1970) was made into a blockbuster film of the same title in 1973, starring Robert Mitchum. Before his full-time fiction writing, Higgins worked as a reporter for the Boston Globe and Associated Press. And, before that he got a law degree and served in government positions working on organized crime. So, he clearly had the background and experience to write books on the subject.

I haven't read his 2012 book by the same title as this film, and am not interested in doing so. I don't know if the movie follows the book, but the film is little more than a portrayal of one hardened, detached hit man killing three guys, one at a time. Brad Pit is the mob's hit man, Jackie Cogan. There's very little of interest in this movie – it's a running dialog between characters leading up to the "contract" being fulfilled.

What acting there is isn't very good. I can't imagine the book holding anyone's interest if it was at all like the film. This is just another modern vulgar and dark film about characters living in the underworld. I can't imagine anyone enjoying this sort of stuff. It may be rated "R," but we know that it won't stop adolescents from watching it at home, with or without parents. So, to some kids this might just be a portrayal of how easy it is to kill someone. One would hope not, but that's about all the message this film had that I could find.

It's too bad the stars who go back at least a couple decades don't shy away from stuff like this. They might try their hands at dramas or other films that require acting. Unfortunately, this film isn't a recommendation for Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins or Ray Liotta. It's another one I found in the cheap bin at the store, so I'm going to be more wary of such films in the future.

Reviewed by wtmerrett 3 / 10

A Disappointment

I was expectantly thrilled to see another Brad Pitt movie that had him playing an edgy character once again, as I feel he is very interesting to watch in these roles. This movie did give Brad an edginess but the script and direction were not half as good as Brad can be. I found the entire movie to be very wordy and the dialogue did not move the story along fast enough to justify all the talk, talk, talk. The title refers to the distance that Jackie says he like to kill from as any closer he gets too involved. Or some such drivel. Then when he gets around to doing it, his second gun shot is from close up. What was all the talk about distance and Killing Them Softly about? I lost interest halfway through this and started to fall asleep.. Not a good sign. Any movie that puts me to sleep is not holding my attention.

I would not recommend this picture other then as a cure for insomnia.

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