Freelance writer. Melbourne based cinephile. Fond of food.
Melbourne filmmaker Andrew Dominik returns to Chopper territory with this mix of black humour, extreme violence and stylistic flourishes.
Killing Them Softly is a crime story that promises more than it delivers. The set up involves the typical fail-safe heist which clearly is not going to go according to plan. The heist itself is a tense and well crafted sequence, but what follows isn't anywhere near as clever or profound as it makes out to be.
The most distancing aspect of the film is the array of violent set-pieces. Poor Ray Liotta has a history of unpleasant demises, and what happens to him here is every bit as appalling as his dinner table lobotomy in Hannibal. On a completely different level of unpleasantness is James Gandolfini. I felt my interest levels dip each time he appeared. His sole reason for being on screen seemed to be to gross us out. The only actor who's character registers any sort of emotional impact is Scoot McNairy. The star of Monsters is the closest thing to a moral compass to be found.
The whole experience feels like Tarantino on valium, with the story becoming less involving as the body count rises.The best that can be said for Boring Us Slowly, is at least its an hour shorter than Dominik's last film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward John Ford. And for that, we say thank you.