#Cannes2012 Killing Them Softly by Andrew Dominik#Cannes2012 Killing Them Softly by Andrew Dominik
Cannes 2012 – Killing Them Softly
A slick and whipsmart film noir, Killing Them Softly won’t win the Palme d’Or – but could land Brad Pitt an Oscar nomination.
Based on George VV Higgins’ novel Cogan’s Trade, it’s an audacious take on a hitman tale, with Pitt portraying mob enforcer Jackie Cogan, brought in to clean up the mess after a mob card game is robbed by lowlife thieves.
Director Andrew Dominik, reuniting with Pitt after they combined to such mesmerising effect on The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, takes the bold step of holding back his trump card for almost half an hour, with Scoot McNairy and Animal Kingdom’s Ben Mendelsohn indulging in seedy, but snappy dialogue as they prepare and enact a robbery.