I don’t want to sound like an old fuddy duddy. But after watching Killing Them Softly, after the events of this weekend, I get a little skived out by violence in the media. Now, of course, I love a good shoot out on film. I’m only human after all. But sometimes, as is the case with Killing Them Softly, they’re just so morally bankrupt that it’s hard to watch.
Killing Them Softly is a movie about these robbers who steal from another robber. So Tyler Durden Robber comes in and all like, “I’ve got to kill all these fuckers.” So he calls up Tony Soprano Robber and is like, “Help me kill all these fuckers.” The rest of the film follows Durden’s quest to kill all the robbers.
There’s no sex, which is a drag. But there’s a shocking amount of violence, which is rad. Except, fuck, the violence is shown with utter disregard for life and humans. If you watch it, and don’t clench your asshole tight out of awkwardness, you’re probably a sociopath.
Sometimes the director decides to slow down a shootout, so you can watch all the blood and violence in EXTREMEM SLOW MO BRO!!!!!! Other times it’s quicker, but equally bloody. Yet, in all cases, the violence is extremely nihilistic. In fact, the entire moral center of the film is completely nihilistic.
Really, that’s the worst fault of Killing Them Softly, I’d love to go off on tangents about how deep and meaningful it is, but it’s not. And there’s not a lot to say about it as a result.