Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly ★★★½

Set in Boston, filmed in New Orleans, able to be substituted for anywhere- this is a mob movie about broken social orders and the alienation of poor white people in the aftermath of economic meltdown.  there’s no glamour or fun in this crime- even Ray Liotta, the great hero of Fun Gangster Movies, is just another loser playing cards out of his mobile home.  

loses some points because i sort of thought it would be an action movie. gains some points for having Brad Pitt as the lead and being buried so deep into the film. the ending is a dark and fascinating comment on the dejection of so many in the face of being promised change and opportunity.

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