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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Scoot McNairy
Ben Mendelsohn
Richard Jenkins
James Gandolfini
Ray Liotta
Brad Pitt
Directors
Andrew Dominik
Screenwriters
Andrew Dominik
Running Time
97 minutes

Killing Them Softly
Crime doesn't pay (much)


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Plot
Smalltime crook Frankie (McNairy) and his junkie friend Russell (Mendelsohn) are hired to hold up a high-stakes card game run by local gangster Markie Trattman (Liotta). Markie is the obvious suspect, but the victims bring in outside enforcer Jackie Cogan (Pitt) to find the culprits.


Verdict
A good, efficient crime thriller, let down by clunky social commentary but lifted by excellent performances, including perhaps Brad Pitt’s recent best.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

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