“Don’t make me laugh. I’m living in America, and in America, you’re on your own. America’s not a country. It’s just a business. Now fucking pay me.” Jackie Cogan, Killing them Softly
Killing Them Softly is a 2012 crime movie starring Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, Richard Jenkins, and Scoot McNairy and directed by Andrew Dominik. Adapted from the 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade by George V. Higgins, the film is set during the 2008 election and global economic recession. Brad Pitt plays hitmen Jackie Cogan who is tasked with restoring order to the underground criminal world after three amateur criminals knock off a mob-protected card game. The film serves as a metaphor for the struggle of achieving the American Dream in the 21st Century.