You can’t judge a movie by it’s preview. I was looking forward to seeing this movie, good actors, an interesting plot and fulfilled one of my movie guilty pleasures, hit men. However, Killing Them Softly
didn’t deliver as promised. At best it was a few flashes of cinematic brilliance strung together with dialogue that wasn’t all that interesting and a annoying back theme running throughout. Now I am willing to admit that my opinion may be skewed by the fact that I couldn’t see the first 20 minutes of the movie, only hear it. Bad DVD rental and I couldn’t get another copy that same day. So during that time I really had to depend on the dialogue only. But nothing I saw in the rest of the movie made me feel like I missed much in the beginning.
Killing Them Softly is about a robbery and a hit man sent in the clean up the mess. Three fairly amateurish robbers target Markie Trattman’s (Ray Liotta) mob protected card game. The robbery causes people to avoid the other mob protected games causing the mob to lose money. They then bring in Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) to deal with the situation.
This should have been a good movie. It had great casting including Pitt, Liotta, and James Gandofini. It had interesting cinematics, I particularly loved the times when they slowed the action down. With this one shooting it’s not just someone being shot which takes a millisecond; but all the things that go on once the bullet is shot, glass breaking, victim reactions etc. Interesting, but yet I just couldn’t get into this movie. It reminded me very much of how I felt after watching Revolver. It was directed by Guy Ritchie and starred Jason Statham, two of my favorites. However, despite the interesting filming style and plot concept I will probably never watch that movie again. The same is true of this one. I’m not saying don’t watch it because there are some good parts, I’m just saying lower your expectations, now lower them again.