Killing Them Softly is an adaptation of George V. Higgin’s novel, Cogan’s Trade which is set in New Orleans. In this story, a professional enforcer named Jackie Cogan (played by Brad Pitt) investigates a heist that happened on a high stakes poker game. The one thing that he is also curious about is that this poker game is mob-protected. Jackie Cogan is then hired to track down the guys responsible for the heist and to restore order to the town. Killing Them Softly is directed by Andrew Dominik and also features Scoot McNairy, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins and Ben Mendelsohn. Killing Them Softly made its premiere last May 22nd 2012 for the Palme d’Or for this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film received great reviews and praise from audiences and critics alike. Let’s take a look at what we can expect in this new film starring Brad Pitt entitled Killing Them Softly
“Brad Pitt In The Film Killing Them Softly
Brad Pitt’s new film, Killing Them Softly, is, in many ways, a throwback to a kind of film that seemed to get made all the time in the 1970s and was regularly reinvented in the 1990s: a crime story in search of a moral center, and the kind of parabolic tale that is filled with skeezy characters and suspect schemes but simmers with the very modernist sense that something larger (and probably bad) is at work. Directed by Andrew Dominik and adapted from the 1974 novelCogan’s Trade by George V. Higgins, the film nominally tells the story of a low-level criminal ecosystem that is suddenly disrupted when a couple of petty hoods (Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn) are recruited to knock over a card game, setting off a chain of events that brings local commerce, as it were, to a halt. To fix the situation, a consortium of unseen overbosses dispatches Pitt’s character, an enforcer-for-hire named Jackie Cogan, to take the appropriate corrective measures so that business as usual can resume and everyone can start making money again.
While much of the action in Killing Them Softly plays out in back alleys and dive bars, the film itself has an allegorical quality, set in 2008 as the country struggled to come to grips with the initial onset of the current financial crisis (from which America, of course, still has yet to recover) and prepared to elect Barack Obama to the presidency on the back of a campaign of hope (which would very quickly transform into anxiety and impatience). That framing, though, never fully draws focus from the narrative, in large part because the film is filled with actors who, when thrust into any sort of quasi-mob-related scenario, bring veritable mountains of baggage to the proceedings–among them, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, and Vincent Curatola (Johnny Sack on The Sopranos), as well as others with definitive presence, like Sam Shepard (in a quiet but pivotal role) and Richard Jenkins (who, hilariously, plays the smarmy middleman who communicates with Pitt’s character on behalf of the crime syndicate and tries to keep the whole operation on budget by lowballing him at every turn).”
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Killing Them Softly is scheduled to be released in cinemas on November 30th 2012.
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