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Brad Pitt stars in blackly comic Killing Them Softly

Pitt reteams with Andrew Dominik, director of The Assassination of Jesse James and Chopper

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Killing Them Softly

Biopics of tortured bad men and periods in development hell have been New Zealand-born Australian filmmaker Andrew Dominik's stock in trade since the millennium. His economic and gleeful debut Chopper, an account of the life and times of Melbourne extortionist and violent criminal Mark Chopper Read was followed seven years later by the Brad Pitt starring outlaw epic The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: a profound dislocation of western genre and one of the key English language films of the noughties.

For his slow, intense labour Dominik has earned himself comparisons to Terrence Malick and Stanley Kubrick. No one expected to see another film from him for at least another decade. Killing Them Softly is his first film not to feature an incarnation of a real person. It's adapted from George V. Higgins' 1974 crime thriller novel and is Dominik's second collaboration with Pitt as both lead actor and producer. Pitt stars as professional enforcer Jackie Cogan. Cogan is investigating a heist that has occurred during a high stakes poker game. Referencing the films of every urban American filmmaker from Sidney Lumet to Walter Hill, Killing Them Softly is a gritty, nuanced, blackly comic genre piece that plays to Dominik's strengths as both a director and a screenwriter.

General release from Fri 21 Sep.

Killing Them Softly - Official Trailer 2012 [HD]

Killing Them Softly

  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 104 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Andrew Dominik
  • Written by: George V. Higgins (novel), Andrew Dominik (screenplay)
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn
  • UK release: 21 September 2012

The director of Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James returns with a bleakly humourous gangster flick offering a commentary on modern day moral bankruptcy. It's got some audacious cinematography but is let down by some dialogue-heavy sequences that aren’t quite witty or insightful enough to keep up the momentum…

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