Set against the backdrop of the 2008 election and the economic crisis, Killing Them Softly is said to be more than just a mob movie in every way that The Assassination of Jesse James is more than just a Western.
True to its name, Killing Them Softly's trailer is understated but urgent. It looks moody and utterly gorgeous, accompanied by the evocative strains of Johnny Cash, which is never a bad thing.
When you make movies as good (and as infrequently) as Andrew Dominik, you pay attention: Chopper is a whirlwind of film-making, irrepressibly unconventional and brimming with confidence. His follow-up, Jesse James, is, in my opinion, one of the great, overlooked movies of all time. It's not your fault if you haven't seen this masterpiece yet, Warner Bros. treated it like a dirty secret in 2007. Time will prove them wrong, trust me. The idea of Dominik turning that magic touch to another personal favourite genre, with a cast this strong, is just too exciting to ignore.
Killing Them Softly is released September 21st.