Killing Them Softly (2012) directed by Australian Andrew Dominik (Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) is based on a novel by George V. Higgins. A few things standout in this film: the visual style, the performances of the ensemble cast, and the overt political messages on billboards coming from TVs and radios from the 2008 presidential elections. The visual style includes things such as slow motion bullets shattering glass, by the scum-coated, rain-soaked cityscapes, and Johnny Cash signalling the arrival of the protagonist. Next the standout cast with the likes of Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Sam Sheppard, Richard Jenkins, and Vincent Curatola (aka Johnny Sack from The Sopranos) among others. The political commentary about America being for sale against the rhetoric of the politicians throughout seems a bit too on the nose and obvious. However, it is an entertaining job-gone-wrong crime film stylishly executed. It's only Dominik's third film, so I would be curious to see what takes on next, because I have enjoyed all of his films so far.