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Watch: First Trailer For Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly' Starring Brad Pitt

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 1, 2012 8:09 PM
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After making the beautiful and ethereal anti-western "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford," Andrew Dominik took a bit of time away, and now five years later he returns with a wholly different film, the angry, caustic, funny and riveting "Killing Them Softly." 

Based on the book by George V. Higgins ("The Friends Of Eddie Coyle"), Domink takes the seemingly straightfoward story about a hitman hired to take out a couple of no good hoods who decide to rob a high stakes poker game, and turns it into a searing portrait of a wounded nation. No, we're not kidding. Pitched against the backdrop of the 2008 election and the economic crisis, the movie takes some delight in playing off those themes within the story and characters in ways that are often exciting and intelligent. As we wrote in our review at Cannes, the movie is in many ways an anti-thriller with Dominik subverting genre expectations once again, with an emphasis mostly on dialogue, and less on gunplay (though there is one tremendous slo-mo sequence, hinted at here, thought it's slightly spoilery). But this first trailer mostly gets the mood and tone down, playing up the film's humor (but again, ruining some of its biggest laughs -- guess which ones) while keeping its larger thematic elements in the background.

Starring Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn, "Killing Them Softly" is challenging and in this writer's opinion, one of the best movies of the year. It opens on October 19th, watch the trailer below. And in case you're wondering, the song in the trailer is "When The Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash. [Huffington Post]

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  • lenij | August 2, 2012 6:13 AMReply

    "Starring Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn..." No need to convince me. I'm in. For some reason the name Scoot McNairy makes me giggle.

  • Duddi | August 2, 2012 3:56 AMReply

    Wow, looks awesome, i've been waiting for a long time for this. Since Cannes, there was nothing but a clip explaining the "title" and a couple reviews... finally the trailer has arrived and looks really promising... even thou i think the U.S audience will have some issues with the film, since the film puts a capitalist system on a tough position, the critics have remarked it as an anti-capitalism movie !!!

  • Mike | August 1, 2012 11:41 PMReply

    Also, it's based on A novel by Higgins, not THE novel, the book's called Cogan's Trade, the way the movie was before the unfortunate change.

  • Mike | August 2, 2012 11:38 AM

    I know he did, but I hate when movies have the same titles as famous songs, whether it fits the film or note.

  • hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh | August 2, 2012 3:31 AM

    I don't think that the change is unfortunate, because Dominik wanted it that way. It wasn't the studio's decision.

  • Mike | August 1, 2012 11:40 PMReply

    Given the editing it took a little while to not seem like a visual letdown, but the stunning photography came through, and this certainly looks like Pitt at his finest since his last work with Dominik. I'm still a bit disappointed they moved the setting out of Boston, my hometown, no matter how much I love New Orleans.

  • Mike | August 2, 2012 11:39 AM

    To be fair there are probably more movies set in NOLA than in Boston.

  • serpico | August 2, 2012 12:54 AM

    I love that it's not set in Boston. There are too many Boston crime movies out there, and I'm guessing Dominik wanted something different.

  • Other Sean | August 1, 2012 11:26 PMReply

    I honestly didn't see what was spoiled. Maybe some funny bits but I'm sure there's more in the film.

  • sean | August 1, 2012 10:17 PMReply

    don't say its spoilery. that spoils it

  • AS | August 1, 2012 9:50 PMReply

    I've been looking forward to this film for years and I'm going to have stop myself from watching this trailer, as much as I really really want to. Thanks for letting me know about the spoilers. I definitely don't want the best parts spoiled for me!

  • Edward Davis | August 1, 2012 9:05 PMReply

    Damn, cinephile boners. It moved.

  • abner | August 1, 2012 8:43 PMReply

    Put a trailer like this above everything but the title. Come on. Nobody is here for your copy.

  • alexie | August 1, 2012 8:41 PMReply

    looks awesome

  • serpico | August 1, 2012 8:39 PMReply


  • KT | August 1, 2012 8:27 PMReply

    This is relevant to my interests.

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