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    Flickedup.com : "Killing Them Softly" borders on overkill

     
    Brad Pitt plays a hitman who is sentimental and deadly.

    Pitt is a hitman brought in to restore some much needed street credibility to a weak looking mob syndicate in Killing them Softly.
    Pitt prefers to kill victims “softly” from a distance rather than watching them get “touchy feely” up close. While trying to fix things he works alongside local mob lawyer Richard Jenkins. James Gandolfini, resurrects the spirit of Tony Soprano as a boozing, hooker-loving hit man who has lost his killer touch. Ray Liotta plays a poker manager wrongfully accused of ripping off the mob. A solid cast in a dark artsy movie peppered with hard to watch violent scenes.
    Slow motion bullets flying and brain matter splatters. They all try to convey the message that capitalism and organized crime are mirror images of each other, one countless cruel scene after another.
    The film is solid, there are many things I liked about it. I love mob movie but the over-the-top violence and the political undertones after the election we just had was a bit too much. The flick-o-meter gives Killing them Softly a four out of five.
     Set  in 2008, there doesn’t seem to be anywhere in the film you don't see George Bush or John McCain or Barack Obama talking on the television about the need to bail out Wall Street or how everyone in America can participate in the country’s promise.
    Ok ok, we get it, America isn't just a country, it's a business. The message is hammered into your head again and again. Perhaps they should rename the film 'over killing them softly'.
    That's just my view. Tell me what you think. Go find me on FaceBook, it's called TheBrettside.

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