DVD & Blu-ray review: Killing Them Softly (18)

Andrew Dominik DVD/Blu-ray (97mins)

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"America is not a country, it's a business," snaps Brad Pitt's scornful hitman, Cogan, at the conclusion of Andrew Dominik's acidic thriller.

Two inept lowlifes (Ben Mendelsohn's heroin addict and Scoot McNairy's nervous wreck) rob Ray Liotta's Mob-controlled card game, so Cogan is called in by Richard Jenkins's weary "middle-man" (we never get to see the powers-that-be) to clean up the mess. This brutal, sometimes humorous film pulsates with anger, about the US economy, about a certain kind of man and about isolation.

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