Thursday, November 29, 2012

"Killing Them Softly" review: crime comedy bludgeons us repeatedly with subtext

LOS ANGELES ( - There's a great short film nestled inside of "Killing Them Softly," namely the two scenes between mob enforcer Jackie (Brad Pitt) and Mickey (James Gandolfini), the out-of-town hit man Jackie has hired to take care of a problem within the organization. And while these two scenes aren't the only parts of the movie that work, the occasional moments of brilliance are far outweighed by the constant references to 2008's economic collapse and bank bailout. Having the radio or TV report this news once or twice to make a point about organized crime and capitalism? Fine. ...


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