A-to-Z Challenge (2016 edition): K is for Killing Them Softly

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NOTE: Changes are happening! I’m no longer filtering these movies through the W-story structure, because it’s too rigid. Instead I’ll be using Jami Gold’s Basic Beat Sheet. BUT if you liked Mary Carroll Moore’s W-story structuring method, you can find info all about it here.

Disclaimer: This is MY version of a plot break down. You might decide I’m entirely wrong and spewing nonsense, and that’s cool. It’s all relative.


Up next is ‘K’ and I’ve chosen Killing Them Softly.

Now the breakdown!

Inciting incident: Russell and Frankie are given jobs by “the Squirrel” (aka Johnny Amato), some one-trick pony who was once jailed for robbery or money laundering, something like that. Now the Squirrel wants Russell and Frankie to hit a poker game protected by mafia, or a gang.

End of the beginning: Frankie and Russell choose the risk of getting hunted by the guns of the mafia and they rob the poker game. (Bad, stupid men, bad.)

Pinch point #1: Enter Brad Pitt’s character – some pro hitman whose a hired gun by the mafia who lost out on the money (100K…*fans self*) from that hit poker game. BP’s character is sent to find out info. He’s got lackeys to do that for him, not that anything turns up until…

Midpoint:  Lucky for him, Russell is a pothead, and all the weed/THC has rotted his brain plus he has a big mouth. Not a good combo when you’re on the run with some cut of a stolen 100K. So now word’s out on who hit the poker game, and BP is in business. Frankie realizes that Russell screwed them over by blabbing and he lets the Squirrel know the word is on the street that they robbed the illegitimate poker game (but no one decides to move away, lol).

Pinch point #2: BP hires another hit man friend to help split up the ‘hits’. But the stupid friend turns out to be a piece of crap, and BP’s sweating (bullets, hehe). Actually he’s just pissed off at having to do all the work of popping off pothead, big mouth Russell, Frankie, the Squirrel and Trattman/Markie, the head of the poker game that was robbed.

Crisis: BP kills Trattman first, proving his lethal skill and quiet, sudden tactics. Frankie ends up getting arrested in a pot bust and he’s jailed (lucky for him, far from BP).

Climax: BP is looking for the Squirrel and he seeks Frankie’’s help for that. Once he’s convinced the idiot – Frankie that he won’t be ‘capped’ if he helps, so Frankie helps by driving the getaway car when BP ends the Squirrel. Just when he thinks he’s in the clear, one bullet from BP’s gun smokes Frankie (lol, I’m having way too much fun with the thesaurus here).

Resolution: Done his work, BP meets with the mafia/gang official that has his hit money and he ends up counting short. It ends with BP getting up in the mafia/gang suit’s face and demanding his money to add up to his services.


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