English Film Assessment – Brad Pitt’s Killing Them Softly Film Review

Director: Andrew Dominik
Cast: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta and Richard Jenkins

Killing Them Softly Film Synopsis:

Adapted from George V. Higgins’ novel, Killing Them Softly follows specialist enforcer Jackie Cogan (Pitt), who investigates a heist that occurs in the course of a high stakes, mob-protected poker game. The film also features Scoot McNairy (Monsters), Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom), Ray Liotta (GoodFellas), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), with James Gandolfini (The Sopranos), Vincent Curatola, Max Casella, and Sam Shepard, amongst other people. The film is set in New Orleans

Killing Them Softly Film Review:

Killing Them Softly, an adaptation of George V Higgins’s 1970s crime novel ‘Cogan’s Trade’, begins with tiny time boss Squirrel (Vincent Curatola) hiring Frankie (Scoot McNairy) and Russell (Ben Mendelsohn) to rob the poker game run by a single Mark Trattman (Ray Liotta). The two males are like fishes in the shark waters as they somehow make their way to the big poker game.

Pitt’s attitude and intimidating presence offers the sharp edge needed for his character. His brevity and precision is what tends to make Cogan’s character attractive and daunting. Cogan specializes in killing folks but prefers ‘killing them softly … at a distance’.

The film unfolds in a succession of dialogues in bars and automobiles, a excellent many of the lines coming straight from Higgins and all of them in his style. The drama is thrilling casual and intentionally pessimistic, It requires you to a negative male driven globe where humanity is dead and tough males complaining and operating following cash. It really is an unhappy and unsound portion of the universe which very much exists. At the exact same time, Killing Them Softly’ is also pleasingly anti-macho in presenting the world of gangsters as a chaotic shit-show forever undermined by human fallibility.

Overall Killing Them Softly is a brutal and sublimely crafted thriller, elevated by a stalwart ensemble and an insightful, timely social commentary. A Have to watch!