With the Cannes Film Festival right around the corner we’re likely to be inundated with rumors, news, photos and clips. First out of the starting gate is the freshly released clip from Andrew Dominik’s (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) highly anticipated crime thriiler, Killing Them Softly. Softly stars Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Sam Shepard, Garret Dillahunt (Winter’s Bone), Ben Mendelsohn (Killer Elite), Scoot McNairy (Monsters), Slaine (The Town), and Vincent Curatola (The Sopranos).
If the film’s name doesn’t ring a bell it’s because Killing Them Softly was previously named after the George V. Higgins‘1974 novel Cogan’s Trade, from which it is based. The story follows Jackie Cogan (Pitt), a mob enforcer who gets called in after the mob's rules get broken. When a high-stakes card game gets held up an unknown gang of thugs, Cogan springs into action. Cogan is a calculating, businesslike, and ruthless enforcer with a shrewd sense of other people's weaknesses. He plies his trade, moving among a variety of hoods, hangers-on, and big-timers, tracking those responsible, and returning "law and order" to the lawless Boston underworld.
The clip doesn’t tell us much about why, but we can assume that Liotta’s character must have screwed up royally. I think that all crime thrillers in and around Boston always seem to have that “cool” feel to them. Maybe it’s the accents. Maybe it’s the attitude. The folks at Cannes get first crack at it while the rest of us back here in the U.S. will have to wait until September 21st to see it in theaters.