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Killing Them Softly

Posted by jesskroll on April 21, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Killing Them Softly, 2012

2.5 / 5


Killing Them Softly wears its allegory as openly as its characters wear leather jackets, at times wrapping itself in it so tightly that there’s no room for anything else. As a metaphor it works nicely, juxtaposing the promises of a better future with a grim reality that has endured through decades of presidents.Unfortunately the wrapping falls apart at the story, the reality which opposes the politics. Everything clicks on a technical level – scenes are beautifully shot, dialogue is brief and sharp, the cast is effective, the music is good and even the brutality spans from stark and grim to artsy and gorgeous – but nothing works on a personal one. There is no reason to care about this story or these characters. Their dialog seems meaningful to them, but so what? People do wrong, they get dead, it’s business, blah blah, life goes on. As Mickey says, “None of this sh*t means anything anyway.”


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