Brad’s Killing Them Softly
The Dominik-Pitt team are back together for a truly raw portrayal of the post-Obama,Boston ganglands in the film ‘Killing Them Softly’. Andrew Dominik directs this mob ridden saga and has chosen some serious actors including Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Sam Rockwell and Richard Jenkins. This cast are very familiar playing mobster type roles and portay their characters effortlessly.
Depicting capitalism in Boston through the eyes of the underworld, this engaging narrative keeps the audience absorbed throughout the film. It is a crime-ridden drama which is incredibly hard hitting.
Pitt plays Jackie Cogan, a professional assassin who is hired by mafia middleman (Richard Jenkins) to investigate a mob poker game which was robbed. His character is edgy, ruthless and is consistently enigmatic.
The other players include Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta) – the most likely suspect for the robbery and the man running the game, two penniless criminals named Frankie (Scoot McNairy) & Russell (Ben Mendelson) who were hired to carry out the robbery, Johnny Amato (Vincent Curatola) the low-level gangster who hires the robbers and Mickey (James Gandolfini) the New York alcoholic hitman who Cogan used to emulate.
Paul Martinovic at Denofgeek.com has summed the movie up perfectly by saying,
“it’s also worth noting that Killing Them Softly is really funny, with Dominik returning to the vein of black humour that he mined so effectively in Chopper: the biting political satire throughout the film is nicely complemented by a good line in profane criminal banter, as well as one memorably great bit of slapstick.”
It’s true that Killing Them Softly can be maddening on occasion, but for every clunky moment there are 30 inspired, brilliant ones. The film feels rich with nuance and detail, and burns with a righteous anger in a way that feels increasingly rare in American cinema, let alone in the worn-out gangster genre. It’s another great achievement from an astoundingly talented director and one of our last remaining true movie stars, and is a must-see for any fan of uncompromising, intelligent cinema”.
Interesting Facts about Killing Them Softly
- Killing Them Softly was scheduled to be released September 21, 2012, however, the US release date was moved to November 30, 2012 to avoid competition from The Master and improve the movie’s chance of awards success.
- The film retained its original release date in other regions, resulting in the somewhat unusual situation where audiences in the UK and India are able to see the film over 2 months before those in the US.
- Brad Pitt was also a Producer for the film.
- The film is based on the 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade by George V. Higgins.
Brad Pitt In Killing Them Softly – Trailer