Described as both a blackly humorous gangster film and a gritty crime drama, Killing Them Softly is also said to have both, heavy political and societal undertones.
The film received mixed early reviews after it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, but fans will get their own chance to at least form their own opinion.
Well, the creative marketing team at Weinstein Company have released a stunning poster for this modern-times rework of George V. Higgins’ 1974 novel ‘Cogan’s Trade’ (earlier teaser poster featured a stylized gun as part of a face).
Directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James), Brad Pitt (featuring in slicked-back hair, leather coat and a shotgun in hand) stars as Jackie Cogan, a well-worn enforcer who finds himself in Boston with a mission to kill small-time crooks.
When asked whether the violence bothered him, the highly lauded Pitt said:
Not in any way, because murder is an accepted possibility when you’re dealing in crime. I would have a much harder time playing a racist or something along those lines. That would be much more unsettling for me than a guy who shoots another guy in the face.
It’s obvious that the Jolie-Pitt family continues to make waves in the film world.
The film which opens November 30th, 2012 also stars Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, and Ben Mendelsohn.
Check out the full poster below.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Three dumb guys who think they’re smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order. KILLING THEM SOFTLY also features Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR), James Gandolfini (‘The Sopranos’), Ray Liotta (NARC), Scoot McNairy (MONSTERS), Ben Mendelsohn (ANIMAL KINGDOM), and Vincent Curatola (‘The Sopranos’). Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard also make appearances. KILLING THEM SOFTLY is written for the screen and directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), and is based on the George V. Higgins novel, ‘Cogan’s Trade.’ Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz, and Anthony Katagas produced the film, with Roger Schwartz, Matthew Budman, Will French, and Douglas Saylor Jr. serving as co-producers. Director of photography Greig Fraser, and production and costume designer Patricia Norris led the creative behind-the-camera team. Casting for KILLING THEM SOFTLY was handled by Francine Maisler, and Brian A. Kates, A.C.E., served as editor. Executive producers are Megan Ellison, Marc Butan, Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna.