The last time that Brad Pitt teamed up with director Andrew Dominik, the result was The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, one of the best (and most underrated) movies of the aughts. So it stands to reason then that their second collaboration, Killing Them Softly, could potentially go down as one of the best and most underrated movies of the teens (or whatever the term for the 2010s is).
Based on the 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade by George V. Higgins, Killing Them Softly tells the story of a small-time crook (Scoot McNairy), who robs a mob poker game and gets an ultra cool hit man (Brad Pitt) unleashed on him. The movie debuted at Cannes to mostly positive reviews, although there were a few critics who felt that it didn’t amount to much more than an extremely well-executed genre exercise. The current fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 88%, a full 13% above what Jesse James scored, and any movie that’s purported to be 13% better than Jesse James is automatically worth purchasing a ticket for.