William Friedkin’s (The Exorcist, The French Connection) latest film is a masterful blend of dark comedy, nail-biting suspense, and unflinchingly brutal violence and sex. Killer Joe stars Matthew McConaughey as a Texas officer of the law who moonlights as a contract killer. For a cool $25,000 he’ll kill anybody you ask him to, no questions asked. For Emile Hirsch and his messed-up, trailer-trash family (Thomas Haden Church, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon) that means killing his mother, so that his little sister Dottie can collect on the insurance policy, so that he can pay off a drug money debt before he gets whacked. Unfortunately for all involved, Joe only takes cash up front. Seems like they’re all screwed until Joe lays eyes on the virginal Dottie, and decides he’ll take her as a retainer until the money comes in. As if this story weren’t messed up enough already. As the plot twists and turns around the desolate small town landscape, the characters have changes of heart that put kinks in the original deal. It all leads to a final act that is so bizarre and outrageous it landed the film a hefty NC-17 rating. You may never eat a drumstick again. The film is expertly crafted by a talented director and an ensemble cast at the top of their game, not the least of which is McConaughey as the titular character, easily one of his finest, most daring roles, played with steely intensity. I’m hoping Oscar will knock on his door. For a bloody insane time with some good ol’ boys and girls, this “totally twisted deep-fried Texas redneck trailer park murder story” can’t be beat.
Your Eyes Hurt / His Eyes Hurt ... will not forget that line
Juno Temple AMAZING !! all cast fabulous ! Matthew McConaughey believable as psycho & as compassionate ...
Very very difficult to watch at times but definitely worth going through the darkness BUT -- exhausted when you depart .
in retrospect little details stand out !!
Pros great actors
Cons much much gore !!!
Yes, I recommend this movie.
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Way too crazy to recommend.
PostedSeptember 3, 2012
from Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
Age:45 to 54
Goes to the movies:monthly
Such great acting and such a disturbing story. Each character was so believable, almost to a fault. Some scenes were hillarious while others were too grosse to watch. Take out at least half the chicken scene - please! Everyone was talking about the movie on the way out.
Pros great actors, crazy weird and sort of likable
Cons too much gore, one scene was almost unwatchable - so disgusting, overly disturbing family dynamics, gory scenes should be cut in half
Since I wasn't familiar with the movie and MovieTickets has it listed as a "comedy", I thought I'd be seeing something along the line of "Bernie". This is hardly a comedy. If you enjoy seeing grown men with teenage girls, and women beat to a pulp, then you'll love this movie. It reminded me of "The Killer Inside Me". Matthew McConaughey does a good job as usual, and Juno Temple is precious and innocent as the teenage daughter. Other than that, there weren't too many good points to the movie. And the ending................oh well, you'll have to see it for yourself. Hopefully when it comes out on DVD.
This is a strangely great film. The story, humor and everything else that is included is something very different. Great ensemble acting and Oscar worthy. I'm not sure this town would allow that but this film breaks a lot of new ground. Definitely go see it if it's around where you live.