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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    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.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    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).

  • LANGUAGE:

    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.

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

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

  • CRITICS LIKE:

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

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Brutal, cynical.

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