Jackie Cogan is a hired enforcer who is asked to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. He acts with the efficiency of a ruthless businessman.
Brad Pitt : Jackie Cogan
Ray Liotta : Markie Trattman
James Gandolfini : Mickey
“Next he’ll be telling us we’re a community”
Jesus, what a disappointing movie this was. The only thing it excelled in, is the fact that a trashy story that you can summarize in a few lines, was drawn out over a period of long miserable 97 minutes. If the intention is to express a political statement that the most important thing in the world is money, and that America is not the idealized “Land of Hope and Glory” and everything is really nothing else than “Just a business”, then I think this movie is completely useless and a waste of time, as this has been demonstrated in many other films. Every well-informed citizen who’s aware of political affairs in the world, knows this. And the fact it’s more lucrative to end up in the crime scene compared to a standard job is generally known. It’s also not shocking news that this isn’t without danger.
Even Brad Pitt appearing here as a kind of “The Wolf” from Pulp Fiction who’s assigned to clean up the mess, isn’t enough to make this movie better. The performances of Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini, who really has the look of an experienced gangster, are really exquisite. Beside that the rest is just a sad spectacle. Frankie and Rusell really are two individuals no one would pick to do that robbery. Rusell looks as if he’s drugged all the time and constantly produces nonsensical gibberish.
All in all a faint gangster story