One scene in Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of George V. Higgins’ novel Cogan’s Trade
sums up his approach to the film perfectly: No, it’s not the endless hammering home of Bush-era financial hardships, it’s a simple one featuring a song playing while a character shoots up some smack -- and the song is “Heroin” by the Velvet Underground. Yes, Killing Them Softly
is that obvious. While the film does feature some nice acting work by top-notch performers, it’s hampered by a heavy-handed approach that doesn’t give enough credit to its audience. While Dominik flourishes when it comes to the picture’s excessive violence, he seems to be unable to balance those se...