Killing Them Softly
KILLING THEM SOFTLY (18)
D: Andrew Dominik
TWC/Annapurna/Plan B (Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz & Anthony Katagas)
W: Andrew Dominik [based on the novel "Cogan's Trade" by George V. Higgins]
DP: Greig Fraser
Ed: Brian A. Kates & John Paul Horstmann
Mus: Jonathan Elia & David Wittman
Brad Pitt (Jackie Cohan) Scoot McNairy (Frankie), Ben Mendlesohn (Russell) Richard Jenkins (Driver), James Gandolfini (Mickey), Ray Liotta (Markie Trattman), Sam Shepard (Dillon)
Mixed reviews gave this crime-thriller modest box office success, though it should appeal certainly to fans of the genre, especially fans of Martin Scorsese's work, which it apes reasonably well, especially with most of the soundtrack choices.
Brad Pitt plays a cool-as-ice hitman who has to restore order after three petty criminals rob a mob-protected poker game run by local gangster Ray Liotta.
Whilst not being as visually impressive as Scorsese's works or as violent as Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, it's still a decent modern crime thriller. James Gandolfini probably steals the movie as an alcoholic, sex-crazed mob boss.