Becky and I went to see the new Brad Pitt movie Killing Them Softly at the Regal Cinemas in Englewood, CO last night. The Fandango website at Killing Them Softly describes the movie as follows…
“When rival crook Johnny Amato (Vincent Curatola) hatches a plan to rob a card game run by mob lackey Markie (Ray Liotta), he picks a low-rent thug named Frankie (Scoot McNairy) to do the job. Frankie picks a less-than-ideal partner (Ben Mendelsohn) to help him, but despite their combined incompetence, they manage to make off with the mob’s money. In retaliation, Markie’s bosses hire Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt), a mob enforcer, to eradicate those responsible…”
The Review: Killing Them Softly is one of those films where the critics are saying it’s a good film and the rest of us are saying it’s terrible. WARNING: Do not believe the critics! This movie was terrible, quite possibly the worst movie of the year. I now know why they called it “Killing Them Softly”, they were talking about the audience that had to endure this mess of a movie.
The only thing good about this film is that Brad Pitt is one of the lead actors, along with Ray Liotta, but there isn’t anyone in Hollywood that could save this flick. Beyond that, the story is horrible, the dialogue is pathetic, the language is graphic, the Directing is terrible, the violence is disturbing and the 1 hour and 37 minutes of this movie was painful to watch from start to finish.
I’m not exaggerating about this movie in the least. A number of people got up and left. They just couldn’t take it anymore. We went with our friends Mark and Maria, who afterward told us that they wanted to leave as well. Truth be told, we did too, but I leaned over to Becky about two-thirds of the way through and said, “I want to leave, but I can’t now, I have too much invested and I have to see how it ends.” That turned out to be a mistake, we should have left.
There really isn’t much to tell about the movie, other than that it is vulgar, violent, boring and a waste of time. Save yourself some time and money and skip Killing Them Softly. Our advice is don’t bother with this one.
John – * Don’t Bother
Becky – * Don’t Bother
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