By Marty Mulrooney
Killing Them Softly is a crime film directed by Andrew Dominik, based on George V. Higgins’ 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade. It stars Brad Pitt as Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer who is called in to investigate the heist of a high-stakes, mob-protected poker game in New Orleans. James Gandolfini and Ray Liotta co-star.
I have often lamented Tarantino’s fixation on violence when he is such a fantastic writer and storyteller. Pulp Fiction is perhaps so fondly remembered because it seldom felt gratuitous in it’s gore and blood-spilling. Later offerings such as the ultra-violent Kill-Bill and the hyper-reality of Death Proof always felt like experiments rather than fully rounded films. Tarantino had no problem with bending the rules so Uma Thurman could get on an aeroplane with her katana sword, and here he does the same with Hitler and the Nazis. Continue reading