VOD Recommendation: A Darkly Comic Crime Thriller with a Message Coming Soon on Demand
03.22.13 by BJSprecher
"They cry, they plead, they beg… It gets embarrassing. I like to kill 'em softly. From a distance."
Journey along with a reluctant hitman in this visceral, neo-noirish mystery thriller that doubles as an allegory about free-market economies.
The Flick: Killing Them Softly
The Skinny: New Zealand-born Australian filmmaker Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) wrote and directed this adaptation of George V. Higgins' 1974 Cogan's Trade. The movie premiered in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Though ostensibly a crime thriller, Dominik deftly weaves dark humor and political satire through the story, with the plight of the gangsters mirroring recessionary meltdown of in America circa 2008.
The Players: Brad Pitt stars as Jackie Cogan, a somewhat reluctant, but hard-as-nails, hitman and fixer for the mob. Cogan is contracted by a mob middleman (Richard Jenkins) to go down to New Orleans to do some "consulting" work after one of the outfit's members (Ray Liotta) is suspected of hiring two bottom feeders — Frankie (Scoot McNairy) and Russell (Ben Mendelsohn) — to knock over a mob-run poker game. James Gandolfini and Sam Shepard also star.