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Film Review: Killing Them Softly (2012)

Killing Them Softly (2012). Directed by Andrew Dominik, and based on the novel Cogan's Trade by George V Higgins. Set in Boston, USA, the film starts with two petty criminals (Scott McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn) employed to rob a mafia-based poker game. The hope is that the mafia will blame one of their members (Ray Liotta) for the robbery, as he had previously arranged an inside job at a similar poker game. Killing Them Softly is a fairly grim film, as for a lot of if we follow two low-life criminals living in run-down areas of Boston. The backdrop to the story is (presumably) the 2012 presidential election, which you hear various soundbites for as the story progresses. The performances from all concerned are great, including Brad Pitt as one of the more senior mafia members. For those who like crime drama, but can cope with the grimness of it all, it's definitely worth a watch. 4/5 (Good)
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