Killing Them Softly
Director: Andrew Dominik
Starring: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn
Five years after their previous outing together, Brad Pitt and Andrew Dominik reunite for this brutal, brooding drama, complete with neo-noir flourishes to match.
The new film - loosely based on the 1974 pulp thriller Cogan's Trade by George V Higgins - tells of a dystopian America, post Hurricane Katrina when Obama is running for his first election and the nation's economy is in crisis. Against this backdrop lies a motley crew of reprobates.
There is a robbery that goes wrong (courtesy of Scoot McNairy and a wonderfully insipid Ben Mendelsohn) and there is a nervous mobster (Ray Liotta) who may just have to take the fall. Then there's a slick, leather-clad Mr Fix It named Jackie Cogan (Pitt) who, apparently, will set things straight.
This belated follow-up to The Assassination of Jesse James is easily Pitt's best work in years - his final, show-stopping speech is phenomenal. Similarly, James Gandolfini, Liotta and others are clearly relishing the experience. It's tough going, but worth it.