Killing-Them-Softly

My friend, Jefferson’s an American saint because he wrote the words, “All men are created equal.” Words he clearly didn’t believe, since he allowed his own children to live in slavery. He was a rich wine snob who was sick of paying taxes to the Brits. So yeah, he wrote some lovely words and aroused the rabble, and they went out and died for those words, while he sat back and drank his wine and fucked his slave girl. This guy wants to tell me we’re living in a community. Don’t make me laugh. I’m living in America, and in America, you’re on your own. America’s not a country. It’s just a business. 

 Killing Them Softly (2012) Directed by Andrew Dominik

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Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy and Andrew Dominik at 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Killing Them Softly (2012)

This is the story of two smalltime hustlers, one a maniac Australian smack head, the other a guy just trying to get by. When Johnny Sack from The Sopranos convinces them to blag a protected card game they end up in deep doodoo. Two hitmen, the hyper cool and hyper dangerous Brad Pitt and the Schlubby yet magnificent James Gandolfini are quickly set to task on righting the wrong.

So when I watched this the first time I signed off with “brilliant movie, cannot wait to rewatch”. I’m therefore surprised it has taken me four years. This thing really holds up. People didn’t really go for it the first time around but I wonder if they would get more second time around.

Set against the background of economic downturn in the US with a dark comedic undertone and occasional extreme and shocking violence. Gloriously written, with superb interplay between the characters making every scene scene compelling. There is what must be a ten minute scene of Pitt sitting in a Hotel room with Gandolfini (wearing a dressing gown obviously) talking and it is just thrilling. 

Slick, stylish and only occasionally straying into Scorsese-lite this is a film od superb imagery and clever camera work herion-cam and car-door-cam for example are excellent.

Great cast, several guys from the Sopranos plus Pitt who is in imperious form, as cool as he is ruthless, Gandolfini’s small part as a washed up trigger man is fantastic and Mendelsohn has some of the best lines in the film.

This is awesome.

“Very few guys know me”.

“I was drinking before you got out of your father’s cock. Don’t tell me what I do”.

“This guy wants to tell me we’re living in a community. Don’t make me laugh. I’m living in America, and in America, you’re on your own. America’s not a country. It’s just a business. Now fucking pay me.”

“They cry, they plead, they beg, they piss themselves, they cry for their mothers. It gets embarrassing. I like to kill ‘em softly. From a distance”.