This one has a little bit of everything, a fair amount of nudity, some pretty grizzly violence, and a pretty overall disturbing tone, I mean there are some really unsettling scenes in Killer Joe. Emile Hirsch and Thomas Haden Church are father and son, the son is down on his luck, owes some bad guys money and his life is on the line. He comes to his Dad with a plan to hire a hitman to off his Mom (his Dad’s ex-wife) to collect the insurance money, the policy being in his sister’s Dottie’s name, they can split it all equal. Matthew McConaughey is Killer Joe, a detective who’s a hitman on the side. Killer Joe is clearly a psychopath, not quite the level of Anton Chigurh (No Country for Old Men), but not too far away. Killer Joe’s fee is twenty five grand; they don’t have the money to pay him so Joe agrees to take Dottie as a retainer. As you can imagine somewhere down the road shit gets fucked up and everything goes pretty crazy. I’m always glad to see Thomas Haden Church in a movie, he’s really become a solid actor in his later years, Matthew McConaughey is pretty chilling but the brightest light in this movie is Juno Temple as Dottie, he’s so cute and happy it’s literally a joy to see her on screen, I’m pretty sure she’s going to have many males crushing over her after they see this. William Friedkin directs this crazy tale, you might know him from directing such films as Bug, The Exorcist and The French Connection, I won’t say he was the only man for the job but after seeing this it’s clear it wouldn’t have been the same movie with someone else in the director’s chair. If you like movies about hitmen and fucked up situations you’ll be happy with Killer Joe, but be warned, it earns that NC-17 rating in a few places.
Posted on August 12, 2012 by Uncle Critic