Killing Them Softly Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Killing Them Softly

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence, drug use, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    The American Dream quietly eviscerated.

  • Starring:

    Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Vincent Curatola, Trevor Long, Max Casella, Sam Shepard

  • Directed by:

    Andrew Dominik

  • Running time:

    97 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)


    People are shot at point-blank, close-range and mid-range with handguns, shotguns. Multiple people are threatened at gunpoint. A man is pistol-whipped. Armed robberies (one in flashback). Dog-stealing. A man is pushed through a window, shoved. A man is severely beaten, punched, kicked. Rape, carving up a prostitute, suicide mentioned. Threats made. Vehicle collisions, explosion. Man hit by car. Shattering glass, head cracks windscreen. A man is slapped. Yelling, shouting, pleading. Speeding. Geese-hunting mentioned. Blood/gore: Yeah, it's a bloodbath. Blood on faces, heads, blood splatter, blood spray, blood pools, smeared blood. Broken jaw, ribs, nose, teeth, damaged spleen mentioned. Vomiting. Spitting blood. Corpses in morgue are toe-tagged and slid into mortuary refrigerator.


    Sexual activity, sodomy, masturbation, erection, bestiality references. Implied sex between a man and a prostitute. Past and intended sexual activity discussed. Infidelity. Woman in underwear.


    Injecting drugs (presumably heroin), drug-induced behaviour. Drug-dealing. Buying drugs discussed. A man consumes unknown pills from a vial. Alcohol (beer, spirits, cocktails). Smoking. Gambling (card games).


    Frequent f-words, s-words, a-words, derogatory terms for females, slang for male genitalia, bastard. Cultural, ethnic and genre stereotypes. Name-calling, homophobic references. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture.


    US Presidential Election 2008, politics, economic downturn, corporate American, destitution, the mob, gangsters, hitmen, organised crime, gambling, film noir.


    Mortuary setting. Dogs, dog poo. Belch, farting. Cancer, pant-wetting, divorce mentioned. Thunder, lightning, sparks, fireworks. Hallucinogenic, visceral visuals.


    Intelligent, suspenseful, visceral, mesmerising, wicked. Sharp, witty dialogue and intense characters.


    Brutal, cynical.

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