Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly has finally released its first trailer. The film, which garnered some rave reviews since it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival a few months ago, stars Brad Pitt as the main protagonist Jackie Cogan, an enforcer who arrives in Boston to investigate a heist of a mob-protected poker game.
Based on George V. Higgins 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade, the film has been updated to modern times and according to Indiewire’s blog, The Playlist, “softly” begins with an excerpt from Barack Obama’s 2008 Democratic Convention speech. Pitt even addressed whether or not Killing Them Softly should be viewed as critical of the Obama administration following its debut at Cannes, saying ”I was there that night in Chicago when Obama won, it was an amazing night, people out in the street, connected.” He then added that the use of Obama’s famous speech was not done “as a cynical look back at the statement of failure but as a real expression of hope.”
The film arrives in theaters on October 19th. You can watch the trailer below: