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Ed Driscoll

Killed By Karma

December 2nd, 2012 - 1:05 pm

Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes. As Kurt Loder notes at Big Hollywood, Killing Them Softly, Brad Pitt’s new gangster film “Doubles Down on Capitalism Critiques:”

The concept of organized crime as a dark mirror image of American capitalism was firmly established in “The Godfather” 40 years ago. But it seems to be a hot new idea for writer-director Andrew Dominik, who beats it to death throughout his new movie, “Killing Them Softly.”

The picture is a talky noir set in the meltdown year of 2008. It’s littered with Obama campaign sound bites and radio bank-bailout reports, and the thudding political allegory keeps poking you in the face while you’re trying to keep track of the story.

Show-biz Website The Wrap notes today that the film is Pitt’s worst box office opening ever.

Curiously though, I doubt that report is being taken as good news for the anti-capitalism film’s star and its distributor, Obama-supporting Harvey Weinstein.

(Incidentally, how do the filmmakers stand on repealing the Hollywood Tax Cuts?)

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