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Film Review: Killing Them Softly

Extremely violent and gruesome, Killing Them Softly is a brutal drama that slices through the rhetoric of political America.

Set amid the 2008 US Presidential election debate, Killing Them Softly presents a darker, grubbier side of America, ruled by mob gangs and dominated by gun-related violence and crime. But despite its harrowing subject-matter, the film is strangely compelling and affecting. You just need an iron stomach to swallow it.

An all-star cast brings plenty of star-power to the film, including Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Vincent Curatola (The Sopranos), Richard Jenkins and Ben Mendelsohn.

Pitt plays a hit-man who has been called in to sort out the mess following a raid on a poker-game. He works his role beautifully, appearing smooth and inconvenienced throughout the film – you can’t help but love the guy, despite his grisly job. After all, he is Brad Pitt. The rest of the cast fill their criminal boots with ease, bringing strong performances to a surprisingly sturdy screenplay.

As with his previous films, Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James... Kiwi director Andrew Dominik sneaks in spots of black comedy in between the yucky stuff to break up the tension and allow you to stop for breath.

Fans of The Sopranos, The Godfather, and Goodfellas will be blown away by Killing Them Softly. It may be bloody and savage, but it does it with style.

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