Killing Them Softly, now out on Blu-ray, contains one of last year’s most-underrated performances. Brad Pitt is captivating as a hit man hired to make things right after a mob card game goes wrong. Teamed with director Andrew Dominik (his partner in crime for the excellent The AssassinSaveation of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Pitt delivers a funny, frightening and incredibly controlled performance.
The movie tanked at the box office, even with the Pitt/Dominik pedigree. That’s too bad. Perhaps it will find its due on home video, where viewers might have a little more patience with its deliberate pacing. Give it a shot, and see why Pitt remains one of our best and most-underappreciated actors.
Special Features: You only get a few deleted scenes and a short making-of doc; you’re buying this one for the movie.