Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller.
In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.
In the bar scene with Jackie and Mickey, the drinks on the table seem to be constantly changing. The levels in the glasses change, the number of glasses on the table change and the arrangement of the glasses change. See more »
What's he gonna do, fold under questioning? If he does, they'll kill him. If he doesn't, they'll figure he's lying like last time and they'll kill him. Either way, Markie's dead. So why put the poor bastard through a beating? It's a waste of time - not to mention a really unpleasant experience for Markie. Just put him out of his misery, poor bastard.
What's the problem?
It's murder and they are squeamish.
Oh, for fuck's sake.
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Overall, solid performances top to bottom and good characters, some style (see a conversation between a drunk and a heroin addict for a great example), and a little dark humor, but wish the Mickey character (James Gandolfini) had more of a pay-off.
Also, enjoyed the soundtrack and the backdrop of the 2008 Wall St. Fraud.
The location felt vague to me and I never knew where this was taking place. I know it was filmed in Louisiana. Felt vaguely like it could have been Pittsburgh. Other comments lead me to believe the intended setting was New England, but I missed the references and not enough of the accents lined up to give me that feeling as I watched.
Gritty crime is a tough genre and Killing Them Softly is a better than average attempt.
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