Sunday, December 9, 2012


Crime drama

Scoot McNairy: low life thug Frankie
Ben Mendelsohn: his partner-in-crime Russell
Vincent Curatola: Johnny “Squirrel” Amato
Ray Liotta: Markie Trattman, manager of a mob-controlled poker game
Sam Shepard: legendary enforcer Dillon
Brad Pitt: Mafia hitman Jackie Cogan
Richard Jenkins: Driver, the mob’s lawyer
James Gandolfini: Mickey, a NYC Mafia hitman
and others no doubt

To be honest with you I had no idea this film is a piece of junk. Knowing that Brad Pitt starred in it, I never thought he would in any way be associated with something like this, a fiilm about unsavoury, corrupt, foul-mouthed low-life gangsters whose every second utterance is the f-word with a penchant for describing in lurid detail their sexual encounters.

They all exhibit some bad behaviour but having to watch a brutal up-close beating is revolting. I had to close my eyes and left as soon as I could right after. 

for violence, sexual references, pervasive language and drug use.

  • Russell holds a half-eaten ice cream bar in his hand as he approaches Frankie but in the next scene it has completely disappeared.
  • Mickey finishes his martini and orders another but before it arrives he picks up the glass which is now full and takes a sip.
  • Mickey downs a beer in one gulp but in the following scene it is now half full. 

I was not the first to walk out: six or seven people with better sense than me left before I did. My excuse? I hung in as long as I could.

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