Killing Them Softly: The American Dream

“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.

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 I like to kill them softly, from a distance. Not close enough for feelings. Don’t like feelings. Don’t want to think about them.

Jackie Cogan, Killing Them Softly

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My friend, Jefferson’s an American saint because he wrote the words, “All men are created equal.” Words he clearly didn’t believe, since he allowed his own children to live in slavery. He was a rich wine snob who was sick of paying taxes to the Brits. So yeah, he wrote some lovely words and aroused the rabble, and they went out and died for those words, while he sat back and drank his wine and fucked his slave girl. This guy wants to tell me we’re living in a community. 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.

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