Brad Pitt reunites with writer-director Andrew Dominik for his crime drama “Killing Them Softly,” based on George V. Higgins’ 1974 crime novel Cogan’s Trade. The “Moneyball” actor last worked with Dominik when he starred in the 2007 Western, “The Assassination of Jesse James” by the Coward Robert Ford. This time however, Brad’s no hero. He plays a professional hit man, who is hired to track down the robbers of a mob-protected card game. Again, I’m asking myself why such a big star would waste so much time making such a mediocre film?
This film is almost as if someone was on drugs making it. It is very disjointed and extremely badly written. Cogan arrives on the scene to the accompaniment of Johnny Cash’s “The Man Comes Around.” But, that’s where cool concludes and boredom strikes again. It’s a film that should have been nothing more than a weekend cable film on Lifetime or USA cable, not even a premium cable network would have carried this junk.
the just-scraping-by 21st century criminals drive late-‘60s/early-‘70s cars, and one man’s execution is rendered from many angles in a slow-motion explosion of breaking glass and penetrating bullets so elaborate and prolonged that it resembles a self-standing art installation.
There’s no need to waste your time telling you how bad it is. Just don’t go see it. If you absolutely must, I’m sure it’ll be on Netflix by the end of the year. With so many amazing scripts waiting on desks at studios to be read. It’s a shame Brad Pitt’s handsome face and box office appeal got this bizarrely written and poorly directly film green lighted.
“Killing Them Softly” receives One of a possible Five Stars. The film opens tomorrow, Friday, November 30 around the nation, unfortunately.
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