Written September 30, 2016
This movie reminded me of mom and aunt conversations but stretched over 2 1/2 hours. It took 5 minutes of film to show someone getting shot. Slow motion shooting, flashing screens that do not make any sense. 90% of the film is dialogue unrelated to the movie, 9% with Obama's speeches and 1% of trash. Half the audience walked out, save your movie!
Written October 13, 2015
The Good: The art direction is amazing. Between it and the great acting, you believe everything put forth on the screen. I could literally smell the filth and dog poop on Russell. His perpetual sweat was absolutely disgusting.
The Bad: This movie is terribly slow. Killing Them Softly would have worked much better as an HBO Series where the bloated dialogue would be justified by the emotional attachment built up for characters over a period of time. This movie is unoriginal and very predictable.
This movie would have been much better under Ritchie, Tarantino, or Scorsese.
Written July 25, 2016
My husband and I enjoyed the film, it seems slow at times, but suddenly something happens, we saw it a a dark comedy sometimes, but also a good critic to our society, if you go, it is worthy to watch the entire film, just to hear the last words from Brad Pitt.
Written July 02, 2016
No way to put a good spin on it - "Killing Them Softly" is just plain bad. Pretentious and dull, this movie thinks it is far better than it is. Not sure why the critics are raving about it. About halfway through, I was thinking I would have rather just gone to bed early to catch up on my sleep, and it never got better. Oh well, at least the popcorn was decent.
Written February 13, 2016
Brad Pitt plays a sentimental killer who can't off anyone he knows. Those he doesn't know, he likes to kill from a distance, when they least expect it, which he refers to as killing them "softly". That's not a bad setup, but the execution of the rest of the story is messy. There's a heist by two idiotic junkies that's good for a chuckle, and nothing more. Ray Liotta gets beaten to a pulp, but we never really get to know his character. That was a waste of a great talent. Pitt's character is in total control of his emotions and seems to live for the kill. Too bad his character is not likable and we never get to care about him. One thing I will say about this movie, it has some truly great classic American cars. See it if you're in the mood for a story involving contract killings, two-bit criminals, and a very amusing James Gandolfini playing a character that's similar to Tony Soprano when he was into prostitutes and drinking like a fish.