Killing Them Softly Set To Shake the Gangster Genre

Movie fanatics tend to have a strong attraction towards gangster films. Films such as "Casino", "Goodfellas" and "Public Enemies" are loved as much for their action and violence as they are for the portrayal of the lives of American gangsters. The latest film in the gangster genre set to come out later this year is "Killing Them Softly".

The main character of Jackie Cogan is played by Brad Pitt. Cogan is a hitman who really dislikes the pleading and moaning that many of his victims do, so he tries to kill them at a distance. He terms this "killing them softly". Cogan's services are required to take care of two young crooks who robbed an underground poker game of well over $100,000.

Pitt believes that he needs another man to help him complete the job and as such gets his employer to hire his friend Mickey. James Gandolfini plays Mickey and is a hitman like Cogan, but he has spent so much time playing casino games and enjoying the quiet life that he no longer is able to perform hits like he used to. This forces Cogan to use other methods to take care of the problem.

"Killing Them Softly" is viewed by some to be a crime drama and others to be a darkly comedic gangster film with strong political undertones. One thing that is for certain about the film is that lovers of action and gangster films will be treated to a ton of action and violence. In fact, Pitt was interviewed about the amount of violence in the film.

In the interview, Pitt was questioned whether he had any problems with the amount of violence in the film. He responded that "Not in any way, because murder is an accepted possibility when you're dealing in crime. I would have a much harder time playing a racist or something along those lines. That would be much more unsettling for me than a guy who shoots another guy in the face."

"Killing Them Softly" will not make any lists of top casino movies but it should be a solid addition to the gangster genre. Those who have seen previews of the film claim that it shows just how violent and unorganized middle management in the mob can become. The film is scheduled for release on November 30th in the United States.
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