'Killing Them Softly,' pulpy, bloody, and funny
The violence is hard and loud in Killing Them Softly: a couple of mugs pummeling a suspected rat in a miserable rain, a round of bullets slo-mo-ing through a victim's head. But it is also doled out with resignation, and even regret. Nobody in Andrew Dominik's bloody, and bloody entertaining, crime film, an adaptation of George V. Higgins' Cogan's Trade, wants to inflict bodily harm. It's just what they have to do.