The best crime thrillers deliver a deeper message. Read Sasha’s review from Cannes:
The first few scenes of Andrew Dominik’s masterful Killing Them Softly, you think you are in the presence of two idiots who have no idea what they’re doing. They’re being ordered to pull off a robbery. They’re the kind of guys who never figured out how stupid they were and those kind of guys don’t last long in crime novels. You know they’re marked men for their stupidity alone. This is a film that peels open slowly like an onion — stylized violence, piercing dialogue, the occasional blood spatter set to a familiar tune, a la Scorsese. But it was never meant to be a Scorsese film, nor a Tarantino film — though it makes you think it is from the first few scenes. How surprising, then, that it doesn’t turn out to be that kind of movie at all.