Watch a Scene from KILLING THEM SOFTLY

With John Hillcoat’s Lawless being moved up to August and marketed more like a traditional summer blockbuster shoot ‘em up – individual character posters and allAndrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly looks like the fall’s best bet for fans of gritty, morally complex crime sagas.  Set to open on September 21, the film stars Brad Pitt as Jackie Cogan, an enforcer who becomes a sort of mob-sanctioned detective when he investigates a hold-up of a high stakes poker game.

It’s a familiar environment for the Aussie director, whose first feature Chopper was a bracing character study about a violent convict pursuing his own form of justice in the criminal underworld.  Killing Them Softly is also Pitt’s second collaboration with Dominik after The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford and also features James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and Sam Shepard in a promising ensemble cast.

Via IGN, here’s a clip from the movie (fresh from its debut at the Cannes Film Festival) featuring Pitt and Richard Jenkins (The Cabin in the Woods) talking about the finer points of dirty business.

Do you think Killing Them Softly has enough star power to be Domink’s commercial breakthrough?  And more importantly, will Roberta Flack appear on the soundtrack?  Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Eric Ambler is a film critic and correspondent for Screen Invasion, as well as the founder of Ambler Amblog ( His parents named him after a Welsh spy novelist they found in a reference book. Someday he will get around to watching all the VHS tapes he bought at Goodwill.