“Killing Them Softly” is a great crime drama about a mob-run poker game that gets knocked over and how the mob bosses have a guy they use as their own police and also apparently prefer to communicate solely through their attorney. As this results in scenes featuring Brad Pitt conversing with Richard Jenkins, this is a win for us all.
What if the movie going public was sold this movie honestly? Would people have turned out in any more numbers if they knew this was an angsty, arty, condemnation of the kind of business tactics that got us all in this mess in the first place, made in the grand tradition of the hard ass manly directors of yore like Sam Peckinpah and John Milius andWalter Hill? Would that have mattered at all? Maybe there would have been even fewer people. In any case, it’s all said and then, and the movie that condemns improper business tactics and which was sold with misleading commercials made for some bad box office business. But it’ll survive on, like so many well-made movies rejected in their time.
This movie has held up well since then, it is stylish and interesting and quite awesome. So check it out here on the Netflix Instant and enjoy!