The oddball killers and garrulous crime bosses in Killing Them Softly remind us of Quentin Tarantino's back catalogue, with less sharp-edge conviction and self-conscious giggling. Those drawn to the film only because it has Brad Pitt splashed on the poster (see page 4) will have head-scratching moments _ and not all of them unpleasant.
Brad Pitt and Richard Jenkins.
In adapting the novel by the potboiling author George V Higgins, director Andrew Dominik attempts something strange and slightly schematic: the collapse of organised crime is a metaphor for the US economic meltdown.
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