I didn't mind KILLING THEM SOFTLY until the end - the end was a deal breaker for me. The film was like a homage to street-level mob movies of the the late 90s & early 2000s but with a bizarre political sub-consciousness and a Coen Brothers-esque talky humor about it. But the humor dissipates when the politics take center stage and talkiness becomes eye-rollable hyperbole. And another one of my filmmaking pet-peeves: if you're planning to do extreme close-ups of bullet shells ejecting don't used crimped casings, use real spent shells. I don't want to suddenly realize that the guy is shooting blanks.