Recent to come out on DVD is a film called “Killing Them Softly,” starring Brad Pitt. This is a film that I wish I had caught on the big screen, but better late than never. The film is based on a novel titled, “Cogan’s Trade,” by George V. Higgins and is one that I highly recommend. Higgins’ story was captured very well and the noire feeling of the crime underworld comes to life. Our main character is Jackie Cogan (Pitt), a hitman for the mob who is sent in to eliminate two amateur thugs after they hold up a mafia regulated card game. As Higgins does in many of his other stories, it sounds a lot easier than it turns out and the film is filled with black comedy through its bleak characters’ screw-ups. Alongside Pitt are a variety of well-known actors like, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini and Ray Liotta, just to name a few.
This was a film that had me on the edge of my seat, deeply involved in the film’s well written dialogue (which makes up a good 70 percent of the film) and artistic grittiness. On the other hand, it is completely fair to say that this film could have you snoring by the end, it all depends on your taste. In the end, I’m going to say this was a great film with superb acting and storytelling and it breathes realism into a very real thing known as crime.