KILLING THEM SOFTLY
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.