Adaptation of George V Higgins’s 1970s crime novel Cogan’s Trade
This adaptation of George V Higgins’s 1970s crime novel Cogan’s Trade drags the book’s down-and-dirty story of poker games, petty criminals and the mob forward to 2008. But it keeps that decade’s crumbling, end-of-the-world look in its near-apocalyptic New Orleans setting and its commitment to entertaining American cinema.
Two penniless young crims, Frankie and Russell, shoot up a backroom poker game run by Markie (Liotta). As quick as you can say ‘naive’, they have a mob fixer, Jackie (Pitt), on their tail, who hires an assassin, Mickey (Gandolfini), to do his dirty work.
It’s all defiantly male, but Killing Them Softly is also anti-macho in presenting the world of gangsters as a chaotic show undermined by human fallibility. The film’s occasional bursts of violence are tempered by such moments as a character sobbing and vomiting after a beating.
Writer-director Andrew Dominik lays it on a little thick, both the state-of-the-nation nods and the idea that this grimy noir is a metaphor for sickness in the financial sector. But, those niggles aside, it’s a cracking piece of storytelling with a restrained balance of laid-back chat and canny visual outbursts – and it has a delicious thread of gallows humour. Massively pleasurable and just smart enough.
Killing Them Softly
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta and Richard Jenkins
Killing Them Softlyhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1764234
OUR FAVOURITE FEATURES
Mega Dhs10 billion community being built on the Dubai border
14,408 homes are being constructed at Alghadeer
Dubai transit rule change means connecting tourists can leave airport
Get out and explore Dubai instead of waiting in the lounge
New waterpark opening at Dubai’s La Mer
The waterpark will feature waterslides, a wave machine and a lazy river
Pay with your Nol card in 5,000 locations across Dubai
It can be used in a range of restaurants, cafés and to buy petrol