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Killing Them Softly

4 Stars

I went into this film with very high expectations.  I loved the source material, “Cogan’s Trade” by George V. Higgins.  I also tend to like Brad Pitt’s movies.  I didn’t get to see this before a lot of critics panned it, and I was curious as to what could have gone so wrong.  What I came to realize is that the critics were full of crap.  “Killing Them Softly” is one great, although brutal, film.  The cinematography and the acting are fantastic.  I love the plot of the movie.  It is hard to discuss without giving away too much.  The gist of the story involves two robberies on an illegal poker ring.  Cogan, played by Brad Pitt, is called in to deal out the retribution for the second robbery, as the first one was an inside job.  Cogan is a calm and collected hitman that believes in things being balanced.  Not only does he pursue the robbers like a bloodhound, he also deals out his own sense of justice to the inside man in the first robbery.  The supporting cast is great as well.  Ray Liotta is fantastic, as always; as is James Gandolfini (I miss Tony Soprano).  A lot of the usual character actors appear (the usual guys in the mob movies), but none of them were over the top.  I really felt the acting was great, and it was amazing to watch Pitt transform into a cold, calculating, and efficient killer.  So as the credits rolled, I had to wonder what it was that the critics didn’t like.  Perhaps it was the violence?  Now, if you go into a mob movie and are surprised by violence, perhaps you should just stay at home and watch “My Little Pony.” The killings are brutal, but guess what folks?  Mob hits usually are, in fact, brutal.  Perhaps thescenes were a little too realistic?  I honestly can’t tell you if it was too much.  The violence and gore fit the story being told.  In conclusion, I recommend this movie to anyone that likes crime
capers, mob movies, or great acting in general.  Do not buy into the negative hype for this movie.  It was well worth my time and my cash…

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