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Killing Them Softly

Directed by Andrew Dominik

Written by Andrew Dominik

USA, 2012

Four years after the United States economic bailout, the fallout has not abated, either among those in the 1% of earners or everyone else. And now that we have a bit of distance from the immediacy of the tanking economy, we can look to popular culture to comment upon it; if we’re lucky, movies, books, TV shows, and pieces of music can do so intelligently and insightfully. With his new film, Killing Them Softly, writer-director Andrew Dominik isn’t able to balance a New Orleans-set crime drama with a sharp, pointed commentary on how the economy got so bad through gross negligence and exploitation. Despite the heavyhanded underlying message, however, Killing Them Softly is a tough, spare, and compelling crime drama.

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