Saturday, April 13, 2013

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Director: Andrew Dominik. Cast: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Sam Shepard. 97 min. Rated R. Crime/Thriller.

A mini-Scorsese gangster flick. Mobsters hire a hitman to take out a few thugs who robbed one of their card games. I had a hard time getting rid of Brad Pitt's image from Inglourious Basterds; his character here seems like a toned-downed version of his Lt. Aldo Raine ("Gorlomi!") from the former. But this is a rare movie I would recommend to see solely for one ingenious sequence, where a mobster is killed by Pitt, in a car, under the pouring rain, in slow-motion. Just one sequence. It's so ... poetic. You'll see what I mean.

Mo says:


  1. poetic?!I think so!
    Another proof that Brad Pitt has become a really good actor . just take a look to all various performance he has pictured during this decade .He & DiCaprio are sample of those who got their credit at first just because of good-looking ,now just because of real talent!
    Good movie
    I like this quote which elicit the title :
    I like to kill them softly, from a distance. Not close enough for feelings. Don't like feelings. Don't want to think about them."

    * Did you notice,people give comments about Ebert's notes in his weblog?wrong or right they are doing this and some comments are stupid & unfair like this one for this movie:
    "Roger never got the plot right of a movie since 2000..."
    Any idea?

  2. Dear Maryam,

    I guess I can answer your question in two ways:

    Generally, on blogs or anywhere there's a chance for people to comment anonymously, since there's no accountability, people sometimes post the most idiotic (and offensive) remarks. It's all about their honor.

    But more specifically, yes, I rarely noticed in recent years, Ebert had errors in his reviews regarding a movie's plot. It was rare, but it did happen, and unfortunately these errors affected the final score for the film he was reviewing