Posted on 1/20/13 02:47 PM
I was warned not to confuse this film with the erotic thriller Killing Me Softly. Now I wished I did that.
This American neo-noir crime film directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Brad Pitt, based on the 1974 novel Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins, didn't do anything for me... I know that in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, received positive reviews, I know that many of my friends on RT love it... but for me was a well made movie so irrelevant that it could not keep me glued to the screen. The story of Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta), an owner of an illegal poker ring who decides to orchestrate an inside job by paying two men to rob his poker room and later openly admits his involvement, was so ridiculous - why will someone with a right mind rob his own business and brag about it to the new customers? To boost confidence? After that we have a man named Johnny "Squirrel" Amato (Vincent Curatola) planning to rob Markie's next poker game, anticipating the mafia will blame Markie for the heist. Did anyone asked WHY will Mafia think that? After that enlisting Frankie (Scoot McNairy), a former business associate, and Russell (Ben Mendelsohn), an unstable heroin addict, to perform the robbery, just added to the disaster...
The director tried to have an interwoven story of an economic crisis in an economy that was funded by gambling (real and stock market) but it wasn't convincing - it stayed just a façade for the whole 97 minutes, not having a real connection. It was mildly entertaining but at moments frustrating as well... no wonder the movie received an "F" grade from moviegoers polled by CinemaScore.