Seeing this trailer feels a little odd, having already seen Killing Them Softly. I am, all things aside, happy to report that Andrew Dominik‘s third film, his first in five years, is quite strong on its own — I wasn’t as positive as our Cannes review, though that’s slightly beside the point — and very satisfying, formally-speaking, as the next step for a guy who should be turning out more and be coming up more often. I’d implore you to go see it at the end of this month.
But… it’s not the movie being sold here.
Killing Them Softly is an almost intentionally (or totally intentionally) on-the-nose look at capitalist markets during times of economic hardship — that half-second, out-of-focus, in-the-background glimpse of George W. Bush on a TV? oh, you have no idea — not a slam-bang actioner. Granted, the thrilling moments in this trailer, of which there are several, come across as roughly ten-times more impressive in their full form. If you like those and, too, can accept something outside a Guy Ritchie-ish trip where Brad Pitt repeatedly makes good use of a shotgun, then you might be in good hands.
Watch the trailer below (via IGN):
Adapted from George V. Higgins’ novel and set in New Orleans, Killing Them Softly follows professional enforcer, Jackie Cogan (Pitt), who investigates a heist that occurs during a high stakes, mob-protected, poker game. The film also features Scoot McNairy (Monsters), Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom), Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), with James Gandolfini, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella and Sam Shepard among others.
Killing Them Softly opens on November 30th.
Does this next look at Dominik’s film give you extra incentive to see it?
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