I watched Killing Them Softly again this week after not seeing it since early 2013 on a hungover Sunday. The movie did nothing for me then. It felt hollow and disappointing given the cast involved. The Andrew Dominik directed movie popped into my brain for some reason or another this week and I gave that puppy another whirl as one can do when they work at home without THE MAN breathing down their neck. New Luke consensus alert, it’s pretty damn great.
The look, the feel, it’s all so dirty from the dilapidated cityscapes to Ben Mendelsohn’s slop of hair. Just look at him in the picture above with Scoot McNairy. The dude looks like a smack addicted Gollum! The film is built on conversation and also listening. Anyone could get picked off at anytime so a good chunk of the movie is the superb cast sitting across from one another sighing and deciphering what the next moves are. In that way it reminds me a lot of NBC’s Hannibal, where the real action is taking place in the words being exchanged, not the blood that eventually will be splattered.