KILLING THEM SOFTLY

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

8.30PM, SBS ★★★

This dark, men­ac­ing and black-hearted crime drama is not here to win friends. It is here to leave bruises. The fe­roc­ity and mal­ice of its vi­o­lence – shock­ing as it in­deed can be – frames part of a big­ger pic­ture with some­thing to say about mod­ern Amer­i­can life. Brad Pitt plays a sea­soned hitman not above out­sourc­ing the dirty work when times are busy. As they are when as­signed to find and kill two druggy crooks who have robbed the wrong card game. As di­rected by Aus­tralian An­drew Do­minik (Chop­per), this gritty film is at once a dis­arm­ing and dis­il­lu­sion­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Co-stars Ben Men­del­sohn, Ray Liotta, James Gan­dolfini.

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