Killing Them Softly: Final Preview

Posted by Grey Saturday, December 1, 2012

With Andrew Dominik and Brad Pitt's Killing Them Softly hitting the theatres this weekend, we take a final look at the much-anticipated crime fiction film with the release of the final leg of promotional items from The Weinstein Company.


It certainly has been quite a long while since we last seen a true blue, hard-boiled crime fiction film that successfully tread on the delicate balance of the flair of a drama and the stark realism of the subject matter well. Earning some rave reviews when it premièred in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Killing Them Softly, a crime fiction film based on George V. Higgins' 1974 novel, “Cogan’s Trade,” has been our beacon of hope for the now rarely visited hard crime film genre.

With Brad Pitt reuniting with Andrew Dominik, the director of their critically acclaimed 2007 film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly has been called by many film critics as a compelling cautionary tale that masterfully passes its message in a visceral vision of a stark capitalistic shell of the proverbial American Dream. Further enhanced by a stellar cast from James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and Richard Jenkins, the film was naturally one of the top of the list for us here at The Daily Zombies.

Brad Pitt stars as the eponymous character, Jackie Cogan, a mob enforcer on a quest to restore order in the fallout of a robbery that caused the local criminal economy to its downfall. The trailers for the film have been pretty awesome while providing us a glimpse at the fully-formed characterization as well as some genuinely beautiful visuals that set the tone of the film.

Hit the jump to check out the recently released final trailer.



And here's the first trailer of the film, paced with the terrific tune of the immortal Johnny Cash.




In a surprising twist for films of the hard-hitting crime fiction films, the posters coming out for the film has been extremely impressive thanks to the bold minimalist design employed. Check out these three new ones followed by a recap of the earlier posters.






The posters released earlier, with the latter three courtesy of the talented folks from Mondo. 









The theatrical posters.









Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

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.

Killing Them Softly has been released on November 30, 2012.



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