DVD review | Killing Them Softly – Brad Pitt shines in darkly comic crime thriller

Brad Pitt discovers his dark side in Killing Them Softly, a savagely violent and, at times, savagely funny crime thriller.

Reuniting with director Andrew Dominik, maker of the superb western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Pitt shines as workmanlike Mob enforcer Jackie Cogan, hired to clean-up the mess when a couple of gormless crooks (Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn) knock off a Mafia-protected poker game.

Ray Liotta is the hapless patsy who gets added to the hit list and James Gandolfini the out-of-town assassin whom Cogan sub-contracts for one of the jobs, a decision he comes to regret when Gandolfini’s hitman proves to be so addicted to booze, drugs and hookers he fails to get out of his hotel room. Even so, brutal retribution draws ever nearer for the inept stick-up men…

Punctuating the violence with some brilliant conversation pieces drawing sharp parallels between America’s corporate and criminal worlds, this hard-hitting crime thriller bristles with tension, snappy dialogue and unrelentingly black humour.

Released on DVD & Blu-ray by EV on Monday 25th February.

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