Killing Them Softly is a 2012 American neo-noir crime film directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Brad Pitt, based on the 1974 novel Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins. On May 22, 2012, the film premiered in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, receiving positive early reviews.Contents 1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Release 5 Reception 5.1 Box office 5.2 Critical response 5.3 Accolades 6 Home media 7 References 8 External linksPlotIn the fall of 2008, amidst both the American financial crisis and the presidential election campaign, a man named Johnny "Squirrel" Amato (Vincent Curatola) plans to rob an illegitimate poker game. He enlists Frankie (Scoot McNairy), a former business associate, and Russell (Ben Mendelsohn), a heroin addicted Australian expatriate who is stealing purebred dogs for money, to perform the robbery. Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta), the proprietor of a poker ring, is revealed to have previously orchestrated an inside job by paying two men to rob his own illegal poker room. He holds up under rough questioning by the hitman Dillon (Sam Shepard), though later he openly admits his involvement to various criminal figures and suffers no retaliation. Squirrel anticipates that the Mafia will automatically blame Markie for the heist.Frankie and Russell, though obviously amateurs to the task, complete the holdup with no problems and leave with the money. However, Driver (Richard Jenkins), an emissary for the Mafia, discusses the recent robbery with an acquaintance of Dillon, a hitman named Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt). Although Jackie understands Markie was uninvolved in the heist, he believes Markie should be murdered in order to restore the mobsters' confidence in the local gambling scene.Upon completing the crime, Russell travels to Florida to sell the dogs. While in Florida, he inadvertently informs a man named Kenny Gill (Slaine) of his involvement in the heist while trying to recruit him as a dealer. Kenny informs Jackie, who implicates Russell, Frankie, and Squirrel as the true perpetrators. All of this occurs during a backdrop of televised speeches given by then-President George W. Bush and then-Senator Barack Obama made during the 2008 US Presidential election.Jackie carries out the hit on Markie himself, killing him in his car, but brings in another hitman, Mickey Fallon (James Gandolfini), who is on parole in New York, to kill Squirrel. Jackie explains to Driver how he prefers "killing them softly"—shooting his victims from a distance, without warning, giving them no opportunity to experience fear or despair—and that his acquaintance with Squirrel risks complicating this approach.Mickey postpones going through with his assigned jobs, instead indulging in alcohol and prostitutes in a hotel room. During conversation with Jackie, Mickey also reveals that he has violated his parole, and doesn't seem to care about or really comprehend the consequences, instead going on unrelated drunken tangents. It becomes clear to Jackie that the respected hitman has lost his nerve and ability to do his job. Jackie eventually decides to carry out the hit on Squirrel himself. He convinces Driver to arrange Mickey's arrest before the job has been completed.Russell is arrested on a drug possession charge and ostensibly deported; meanwhile, Jackie confronts Frankie and convinces him to trade Squirrel's whereabouts for his life. Jackie has Frankie drive him to Squirrel; upon reaching Squirrel's apartment complex, he kills Squirrel with a shotgun.After confirming Squirrel is dead, Jackie has Frankie drive him to get his car several hours away. Frankie becomes very nervous and begins speeding, so Jackie convinces Frankie to let him drive. Once they arrive at the parking garage, Frankie is killed by Jackie. Jackie then wipes down any fingerprints he might have left and leaves the scene.On the night of the presidential election, Jackie meets with Driver to collect his fee for the three hits. On the TV in the bar, Barack Obama is giving his election victory speech. Jackie alleges that at $10,000 each, Driver has underpaid him for the jobs—on the argument that it would have cost $15,000 to have Mickey kill Squirrel. Driver responds that Dillon charges ten, and tells Jackie to take it up with Dillon. Jackie tells Driver that Dillon died that morning. Referring to Obama's speech, Jackie says angrily, "This guy wants to tell me we're living in a community? Don't make me laugh. I'm living in America, and in America, you're on your own. America is not a country; it's just a business. Now fucking pay me." The film smash-cuts to black, leaving the issue unresolved. Cast Brad Pitt as Jackie Cogan Scoot McNairy as Frankie Ben Mendelsohn as Russell Richard Jenkins as Driver James Gandolfini as Mickey Ray Liotta as Markie Trattman Sam Shepard as Dillon Slaine as Kenny Gill Vincent Curatola as Johnny Amato Max Casella as Barry Caprio Trevor Long as Steve Caprio Linara Washington as Hooker ProductionKilling Them Softly is based on the 1974 novel Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins, a best selling crime novelist whose works include The Friends of Eddie Coyle. Cogan's Trade, like Higgins's other novels, takes place in Boston; although filmed in New Orleans area, characters in Killing Them Softly make several references to Boston area suburbs from the original novel. The film was written and directed by Andrew Dominik, who chose to update the setting of the story, saying "as I started adapting it, it was the story of an economic crisis, and it was an economic crisis in an economy that was funded by gambling—and the crisis occurred due to a failure in regulation. It just seemed to have something that you couldn't ignore."The project was first announced in November 2010 when Brad Pitt was reported to be in talks for the lead role. Pitt joined the project the following month, and production was scheduled to begin in Louisiana in March 2011. Additional roles were cast in early 2011. Dominik asked Pitt if he was interested in the role via a text message; he replied "yes" and the matter was settled over half an hour.Pre-production began in Louisiana in January 2011, and filming was underway by March 2011.According to Garret Dillahunt, the film's first cut was two-and-a-half hours long. Dillahunt, who had a cameo in the film, did not make the final cut for the theatrical release. ReleaseKilling Them Softly was scheduled to premiere on September 21, 2012; however, the US release date was delayed until November 30, 2012, to avoid competing with The Master and to improve its chances for award nominations. The film kept its original release date in other parts of the world, with the somewhat unusual result where it opened in the UK and India more than two months before the US opening.The Weinstein Company distributed the film in the United States and Canada. Reception Box officeUpon its opening weekend, Killing Them Softly grossed a domestic total of $6,812,900. As of February 4, 2013, the movie has made $15,026,056 domestically and $22,904,409 internationally for a worldwide total of $37,930,465. Critical responseRotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 75% based on reviews from 212 critics, with an average rating of 6.8 out of 10. While getting high ratings from critics it received heavy criticism from many people. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 64 based on 42 reviews.Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film 5 stars saying the film is a "compelling comment on economic bloodletting in the real world". Tim Robey of The Daily Telegraph gave the film 4 stars describing it as "bleakly electrifying". Total Film awarded it 3 stars calling it "tough, stylish, violent and studded with stars" but countered that it "doesn’t quite get the job done".CinemaScore audience polling gave the film an "F", making it one of only 8 films to have received an F score. AccoladesHome mediaThe film was released on March 26, 2013. The film was released in Australia earlier, on February 13, and on February 25 in the UK.
Seoyoung, My Daughter and Killing Them SoftlySeoyoung, My Daughter (Hangul: 내 딸 서영이; RR: Nae Ttal Seo-yeong-i) is a 2012 South Korean television series, starring Lee Bo-young, Chun Ho-jin, Lee Sang-yoon and Park Hae-jin. The family drama focuses on the broken relationship between Seo-young and her father, who later reunite with the help of her twin brother. It aired on KBS2 from September 15, 2012 to March 3, 2013 on Saturdays and Sundays at 19:55 for 50 episodes.It recorded a peak viewership rating of 47.6%, making it the highest rated Korean drama of 2013.Contents 1 Cast 2 Plot 2.1 2009 2.2 2012–13: Three years later 2.3 Epilogue: Two years later 3 Production 4 Reception 5 Awards and nominations 6 International broadcast 7 References 8 External linksCast Lee Bo-young as Lee Seo-young Lee Hye-in as young Seo-young Chun Ho-jin as Lee Sam-jae Lee Sang-yoon as Kang Woo-jae Park Hae-jin as Lee Sang-woo Park Jung-ah as Kang Mi-kyung Choi Yoon-young as Choi Ho-jung Hong Yo-seob as Choi Min-seok Choi Jung-woo as Kang Ki-beom Kim Hye-ok as Cha Ji-sun Lee Jung-shin as Kang Sung-jae Song Ok-sook as Kim Kang-soon Jo Eun-sook as Yoon So-mi Shim Hyung-tak as Choi Kyung-ho Jang Hee-jin as Jung Sun-woo Kim Seolhyun as Seo Eun-soo Lee Si-eon as man on blind date Plot 2009Lee Seo-young (Lee Bo-young) and Lee Sang-woo (Park Hae-jin) are twin siblings who often suffered hardships along with their mother due to their father Lee Sam-jae's (Chun Ho-jin) poor financial decisions and getting conned out of his money led by his own ambitions. Desperate to survive, the twins have taken various odd jobs while Seo-young studies law and Sang-woo studies medicine in their small rooftop house in Seoul. When the twins' mother dies in Jeju-do, Seo-young reaches her limits, holds Sam-jae responsible for her death, and decides to walk out of his life. Things become complicated once more when Lee Sam-jae returns to live with them and causes more trouble for Seo-young. However, her life will take a dramatic change when she is hired by the wealthy Kang family as a live-in tutor of their youngest son, Kang Sung-jae (Lee Jung-shin).Kang Woo-jae (Lee Sang-yoon), the eldest son of the Kangs, returns home after being discharged from the army. Woo-jae, despising politics within his own house, plans to stay for a short while and then to go to the United States. After meeting Seo-young and spending time with her, he falls in love and secretly begins aggressively chasing her. However, despite the two having feelings for each other, Seo-young is resistant during the whole courtship due to her low social status and personal insecurities. When the Kang family finds out the secret relationship between Seo-young and Woo-jae, it is met with great resistance. However, after much pleadings and compromises, Kang Woo-jae makes a deal with his father: if his father allows Lee Seo-young to enter the Kang family, he'll stay behind South Korea and enter the family business empire. Because Woo-jae's father, Kang Ki-beom (Choi Jung-woo), had always been desperate for his son to enter the family business, he accepts the terms and convinces everyone else to relent to this marriage. However, fearing that the Kangs would reject her upon learning about her troublesome father, Seo-young lies about his death towards her future in-laws. Unfortunately, such a lie causes a rift with the twins, as Sang-woo finds it unacceptable for his sister to leave her family for a man. Despite rough transition into the Kangs, she successfully enters the family. Seo-young keeps her marriage a secret from Sam-jae and falsely tells him she is going to the United States for long-term studies. To his shock, he accidentally attends his own daughter's wedding as a paid phony guest. Realizing that she kept her marriage a secret, he hides his face to avoid being identified.Meanwhile, Choi Ho-jung (Choi Yoon-young), a wealthy naïve girl, is saved by Lee Sang-woo. Although their encounters was innocent at first, Ho-jung falls in love with Sang-woo. However, he does not reciprocate those feelings and makes it clear he wants his space to be respected. Despite being told to be given space, Ho-jung cannot help herself and always finds an excuse to see Sang-woo. However, her controlling mother sends her away to study overseas. Ho-jung makes a tearful vow to see Sang-woo once again, despite the awkwardness. 2012–13: Three years laterThree years have passed. Seo-young is now an accomplished judge and lawyer; she has earned her place in the family. Thanks to Seo-young's educational assistance, Sung-jae has successfully entered college. However, Cha Ji-sun (Kim Hye-ok), the Kang's matriarch, continues to be resistant towards Seo-young (because, to Ji-sun, Seo-young is too perfect of a daughter-in-law, making Ji-sun herself feel inferior). Sang-woo is now a doctor and dating Kang Mi-kyung (Park Jung-ah), not knowing that she is the middle child and the only daughter of the Kang family. Due to Kang Ki-beom's loveless marriage, he has had a secret three-year affair with a younger woman, which he is ending, and has been avoiding his wife. Choi Ho-jung has returned from her overseas studies and resumes her one-sided chase after Sang-woo, not knowing he has a girlfriend. As for Lee Sam-jae, even though he knows his daughter lied to him about moving away to the United States, he quietly accepts the situation and secretly watches over her. Seo-young secretly has watched over her family as well. Despite momentary peace, the past begins to unravel against everyone's secrets.Worlds would begin to collide when people unknown of the secrets begin developing unusual bonds. During one of Sam-jae's secret visits to see Seo-young, Sam-jae saved Woo-jae from getting hit by a car. Woo-jae feels an unusual link with Sam-jae, and the two befriend each other without Woo-jae realizing he is bonding with his father-in-law, a secret Sam-jae continues to maintain. As for Mi-kyung, she has been always chased down by suitors for her money and not for her; she has consistently maintained a public lie that she is a poor orphaned-nobody and maintains the façade to Sang-woo. However, things became complicated as the established lies revealed themselves. In gratitude, Woo-jae lands Sam-jae a security job at the company, but Sam-jae displays unusual behavior to Woo-jae whenever Seo-young was around. After Sam-jae quits his security job to avoid discovery of their relations, Woo-jae discovers Sam-jae's photo of Seo-young at his locker. Therefore, Woo-jae researches Sam-jae and is shocked to discover his savior is his father-in-law.Another shocking moment is Sang-woo discovering Mi-kyung's true identity. Sang-woo and Mi-kyung fall in love and want to marry each other, but when Sang-woo discovers Mi-kyung is not an orphan but the wealthy heir to the Kangs, he realizes it would risk exposing his sister. Despite his anger against Seo-young's life choices, he still loves Seo-young and decides to give up on Mi-kyung. When Sang-woo confronted Mi-kyung about the truth, she regretfully admits that she lied only because she wanted a true love and not someone after her fortune. While Sang-woo was angry, he also uses this chance to break up with Mi-kyung, citing their social class differences is too great and that his heart changed after learning about her real identity. Mi-kyung has great difficulty accepting Sang-woo's reasoning(s) and is greatly depressed. Woo-jae at first does not know who Sang-woo is, but when he realizes Sang-woo is his brother-in-law, Woo-jae realized Sang-woo is doing this to protect his wife's secret and tries to convince Mi-kyung to let go of the relationship. However, Mi-kyung does not give up on Sang-woo, and the two often exchange painful looks of regret and sadness.In hopes to get Mi-kyung to give up on their love, Sang-woo pulls an unusual hasty move by proposing to Choi Ho-jung, who has been desperate for Sang-woo's love. Without even dating, Sang-woo promises to be a good husband to her. The marriage shocks Mi-kyung, Sam-jae (thinking Ho-jung cheated her way into this marriage), and the people who knew Sang-woo and Mi-kyung's relationship. Still not giving up, Mi-kyung enters Sang-woo and Sam-jae's (formerly Seo-young's) rooftop house and discovers photos of Seo-young inside the Lee family's photo album and instantly has clarity over the situation. Mi-kyung confronts Sang-woo about protecting his sister's lies. Despite having the truth out in the air and no longer having a reason to continue his phony engagement to Ho-jung, Sang-woo still goes on with the wedding to honor his word to Ho-jung. At the same time, Woo-jae tests his wife Seo-young and has her attend her own brother's wedding without realizing it. Having similar events to her father, Seo-young runs off to avoid being identified with Sang-woo and is saddened to know her lies prevented her from attending her own brother's wedding.Although the wedding is a public event, walking Ho-jung down the aisle was a façade as they have not legally signed marriage papers. Despite sleeping together, they never consummate their marriage and maintained a "platonic marriage". However, over time, Sang-woo learns more about Ho-jung and more of her qualities rather than see her as just a love-crazed girl. Eventually, he slowly realizes his feelings for Ho-jung but feels awkward to court his supposed wife. Despite the charade, Ho-jung told Sang-woo that she will wait as long as it takes for him to finally love her as a true wife.
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