'America's Not a Country, It's a Business'

Opening all on its own on November 30, I really hope Killing Them Softly can somehow make a name for itself despite the fact it hits theaters only nine days after Life of Pi, Red Dawn, Rise of the Guardians and Silver Linings Playbook. Having a weekend all to yourself is one thing, but following an all-demographic encompassing line-up like that with a film that takes a close look at America, only eights days after Thanksgiving is going to be a tough task.

Today the Weinstein Co. continued its efforts to spread the word regarding the film's release with three new Mondo posters (via HuffPo), one of which attempts to give greater insight into the film's title, and if you think about it for a second you may begin to see the metaphor the film is selling. If not, I'd rather not say anymore and let you find out in theaters on your own or you can get a little more from my "A" review of the film out of Cannes earlier this year right here.

Killing Them Softly Mondo Poster #1 Killing Them Softly Mondo Poster #2 Killing Them Softly Mondo Poster #3

Adapted from George V. Higgins novel and set in New Orleans, Killing Them Softly follows professional enforcer, Jackie Cogan (Pitt), who investigates a heist that occurs during a high stakes, mob-protected, poker game. The film also features Scoot McNairy (Monsters), Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom), Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), with James Gandolfini, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella, Sam Shepard and Bella Heathcote among others.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    I love ya Brad but it really pissed me off when you spoiled the last line of the movie in both your review and the headline of this article. I wish you hadn't done that. It's a good last line and now the impact of it will be gone when I see the film. Please avoid doing stuff like that in the future. I hated it when so many reviews of Inglourious Basterds just HAD to reveal the last line. It's great that you guys get to see movies before all of us, but please don't spoil it for everyone.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      I didn't reveal the last line... The last line is even better.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

        Excuse me, second to last line. My mistake.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

          No, actually, I just went back and re-read your review and I was correct: "until Pitt hammers home the film's final line, "America's not a country, it's a business…" Sorry Brad, you're in the wrong on this one.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jaybernhoff/ jay bernhoff

      After reading the title of the article I came here to post in a tongue in cheek way "Way to spoil the movie Brad ;)"

      But by posting that particular line is the last line in the movie (as Brad points out actually the second last line) it is about as much of a spoiler to the uninitiated as what Brad wrote. The line isn't much of a spoiler without the context you've given it.

      But for me personally nothing from the third act should be revealed whether it's a trailer, marketing material, reviews etc.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jaybernhoff/ jay bernhoff

        Oh crap. How can I edit my post?

        I read AS's post as if he had seen the movie, re-reading it, clearly he hasn't. My apologies.

        In fact delete my posts. I hope i haven't spoiled anything further.

        Great movie though.

        • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

          If anyone spoiled anything it's Jay and AS... Honestly... I saw the headline and had no idea the quote was from the film... Thought it may have had something to do with the promotional materials.

          Thanks guys.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Cordia/ Cordia

    seeing this in a little over 2 weeks, can't wait.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Akd/ Akd

    Here's to hoping that your concern about its visibility will lead this movie to being the background for the November calendar.

  • Christopher Robin Meade

    Let me say that is a great, eye-opening line and one that is unfortenately true