An explosive and smart gangster thriller set amidst the 2008 financial crisis, Andrew Dominik’s latest feature Killing Them Softly, is nothing short of fantastic. Based on the 1974 novel, Cogan’s Trade by George V. Higgins, the film follows Jackie Cogan (played by Brad Pitt) whose hired to take down two low life amateur criminals (played by Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn) who manage to successfully hold-up a poker game controlled by the mob. Cogan enlists the help of his long-time pal, Mickey (played by James Gandolfini), someone really in no condition to be working, to help knock off the young criminals and complete the job.
This morning, we got the chance to sit down and get more in-depth about the film with Dominik (interview coming later this week) but for now, here’s clip of the two heavyweights going at it after Cogan has flown Mickey down to New Orleans for the job but realizes he’s spent his time there on a bender of booze, hookers, and deprecating life-reflection. Throughout the story, the few but powerful scenes between Pitt and Gandolfini are of the best in the film, playing out almost like a stage play with Mamet-esque penetrating dialogue and harsh masculine energy. See for yourself.