Killing Them Softly (previously titled the much cooler, more direct Cogan's Trade) is the third feature from Andrew Dominik, who burst onto the scene with the giddy cinematic delirium of Chopper and followed it up with the elegiac, existential musings of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Jesse James, the first collaboration between Dominik and Softly star Brad Pitt, is without question one of the greatest films of the 21st Century. I will physically fight you over any words to the contrary. I left the cinema in a state of shock, yet convinced I had seen a movie that would be unfairly overlooked but that time would eventually vindicate as a masterpiece. I would hold it up to the lofty heights of films such as The Godfather, Raging Bull or Night of The Hunter. So, you can imagine my anticipation for Killing Them Softly is verging on fanaticism.
The crime movie, adapted from the George V. Higgin's novel, follows Jackie Cogan (Pitt) as a mob enforcer investigating a heist that occurred during a mob-protected game of high-stakes poker.
Starring alongside Pitt is a highly prestigious cast including James Gandolfini (The Sopranos), Sam Shepard (The Assassination of Jesse James), Richard Jenkins (The Cabin in the Woods), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Garret Dillahunt (No Country for Old Men), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Scoot McNairy (Monsters) and Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom).
Word from Cannes is that Dominik's latest once again delivers on the promise of the material and the stellar cast and to whet our appetite there is a teaser poster for the upcoming crime pic. Click to enlarge, ya mook!
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