Awards season is officially upon us and with it comes the slew of critically-acclaimed films that are likely to be nominated for Globes, Oscars, and SAGs. One of these is Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, a film that has received considerable buzz and immense praise after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival back in May (it landed on our 11 Movies We're Looking Forward To list for November).
If you watched the first trailer that was released a few months ago, or if you are familiar with the 1974 novel Cogan's Trade that the film is based on, then you'll probably know the gist of the story. Brad Pitt plays Cogan, a mob enforcer who's assigned to look into the robbery of a mafia-run poker game that was pulled off by a couple of small-time crooks.
This latest and final trailer for the film gives us yet another glimpse of the story, its noir aesthetic and tone, and its sordid cast of characters. It's a shorter, more stripped-down version of the first trailer, but it still gives you a sense of the characters' motives and the violent nature of their world. Needless to say, dirty deals get made in seedy places and characters' bad decisions often incite brutal retribution.
For a film featuring such dark hues and a cold atmosphere, the cinematography looks just as beautiful as it did in Dominik's last collaboration with Pitt on The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), a film that earned cinematographer Roger Deakins an Academy Award nomination. Even in the brief minute and a half of the film trailer, Dominik's creative flair shines through with some beautiful slow motion sequences.
The film will likely become a welcomed addition to the film noir and crime genres. Many of the cast members, like Liotta and Gandolfini, built their careers by playing iconic roles in those aforementioned genres (Goodfellas and The Sopranos, respectively). As long as the performances are strong (which they look to be so far) and the story is engaging, Killing Them Softly is sure to be a contender in several categories this awards season.
Look for Killing Them Softly when it hits theatres on November 30th, 2012.