Killing Them Softly

Posted on December 1, 2012


Killing Them Softly –  A whole lot of talking, not much action.  Small time thugs Frankie (Scoot McNairy) and Johnny Amato decide to rob a poker game, knowing that owner Markie (Ray Liotta) will get the blame since he was responsible for a raid once before.  Jackie (Brad Pitt) is brought in to take care of things.  Notice all the “ie” names – is that to make them seem less violent?  Jackie brings in Mickey (see what I mean?) played by James Gandolfini from the Sopranos.  Mickey is a hit man who’s seen better days. 

 It’s meant to be a small story.  The scenery is bleak, the characters are even bleaker. I’m not sure if it made the political point it was trying to make.  If you’re not a fan of the F word, you probably don’t want to see this.  It’s used at least once in almost every sentence.  One couple walked out within the first ten minutes. Mr. Pitt starts out talking in a adenoidal, whispery voice but doesn’t keep it up throughout.  There are some other bloopers – like a full beer appearing after Mickey just drained the only one on the table, and Jackie goes to the restroom carrying his jacket and comes back without it but it ends up on bar.  Some graphic bloody scenes, some beautiful, slow motion glass shattering scenes of murder – makes it look real nice.  Sam Shepard has a small role.  Richard Jenkins (Babe) is Jackie’s driver.  Music from Johnny Cash to Ray Charles.