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Killer Joe [DVD]

Emile Hirsch , Matthew McConaughey , William Friedkin    To Be Announced   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Emile Hirsch, Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon
  • Directors: William Friedkin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008CMHTNE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,933 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The films of director William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist, Sorcerer) have been called many things over the years, but "subtle" has never been one of them. While his brash, purposely nuance-free style can sometimes prove overpowering, when it clicks with the right material, it booms brilliantly. Killer Joe, Friedkin's reunion with playwright Tracy Letts (Bug), finds the director's in-your-face expressionist tendencies working like gangbusters, propelling this black comedy to places where most movies fear to tread. The laughs become winces, and vice versa. Letts's script (adapted from his play) follows a Texas bottom feeder (Emile Hirsch) with some serious gambling debts. Looking for a way out, he teams with his dim dad (a hilarious Thomas Haden Church) to hire a legendary hit man (Matthew McConaughey) for some dirty work. When the duo fail to come up with the collateral, however, Killer Joe sets his sights on Hirsch's beautiful sister (Juno Temple). Things go downhill at warp speed from there. Trafficking in bad taste from the very first scene (Gina Gershon makes a sleazy entrance for the ages), Friedkin and Letts take a no-holds-barred approach to their low morality tale, depicting even the darkest moments with overwrought relish. The already unstable mood is only boosted by the endearing scuzziness of Hirsch, Temple's lovely space cadet, and the fantastic Church, who deadpan annihilates every line and reaction shot tossed his way. Ruling the roost, however, is McConaughey, who spikes his trademark charisma with layers of serious menace, creating a villain who can seemingly do anything at any given moment. In a movie where virtually every character has an aura of 30-weight motor oil, he shines the darkest. --Andrew Wright

Product Description

When drug dealer Chris (Emile Hirsch) has his stash stolen by his mother, he plans to dispatch of her and cash in on her $50,000 life insurance to repay his debts. He hires Detective Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a dirty cop who moonlights as a contract killer, who sets his sight on Chris’ innocent sister Dottie (Juno Temple) as collateral for the job. But the agreement turns complicated when Dottie forms a bond with Killer Joe and everything begins to unravel. Killer Joe is a controversial and shocking black comedy thriller from director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection).

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Killer Goes A-Courting 30 Jun 2013
Format:DVD
What makes Killer Joe, a cold and brutal film, work is that it's very funny. It's a true black comedy, with nary a hint of restraint. The film faced censorship in America but William Friedkin, its director, refused to cut it, reasoning that he would have destroyed it by doing so. Good for him. Though the film defines the notion of "adults only" its unpredictability and clear-eyed take on its squalid characters is what makes it disturbing, as opposed to just the level of its violence. It's not a Human Cenitpede or even a recent Texas Chainsaw. Rather, it relies on coldly efficient storytelling to disturb us, and make us laugh. Killer Joe was written by Tracy Letts, based on his play. Its humour comes from juxtapositions between bleak reality and social pleasantries, like when a gangster makes small talk with a man he's about to have savagely beaten.

Drug dealer Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) hires "Killer" Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a cop who moonlights as an assassin, to kill Chris' mother, so he can collect her life insurance and pay some dangerous creditors. In on the plan is Chris' clueless father, Ansel (Thomas Haden Church), slutty stepmother, Sharla (Gina Gershon), and mentally immature sister, Dottie (Juno Temple). Because Chris won't be able to pay Joe until the job's done, Joe demands to be set up with Dottie as a deposit. Chris accepts this more reluctantly than Ansel.

McConaughey, a talented actor, transcends his hunky persona to play Joe as a control freak. Joe's attracted to Dottie, I think, partly because he can use her to act out, unquestioningly, all of his dreams and desires, and partly because her child-like innocence exists in a world outside the stinking horror of his. Even psychopaths appreciate nice company, I guess.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ARE YOU GONNA KILL MY MOMMA?, 11 May 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The Smith family live in a panties optional trailer park. Chris (Emile Hirsch) is a young coke dealer who is in hock for $6,000 for 2 ounces that was fronted to him and apparently stolen by his mom. Okay I know that is too much for 2 oz. and no one fronts drugs, but go with it. His equally slow witted dad (Thomas Haden Church) lives there as well as his step mom (Gina Gershon). To round out the group is their dog Tebow and child-like sister Dottie (Juno Temple) who reminded me of the Hillbilly Ninja (Google it) in one scene.

Chris believes his real mom, who he suspects stole his coke from him, has a $50,000 life insurance policy and names the half witted Dottie as the beneficiary. Their plan is to hire "Killer Joe" (Matthew McConaughey)a Dallas detective who moonlights as a gun for hire. Without the up front money, Joe takes Dottie as a "retainer" to the ire of Chris who perhaps loves his sister a little too much. This provides us with a very erotic scene between Juno and McConaughey.

There of course is a problem with the expected twist, and another twist thrown in just in case you thought you were clever. There are clues that most of us would ignore.

The opening sound track lets you know this is a grindhouse style movie. Plenty of sex, nudity, and bloody violence. Clearly not for everyone. Good accents.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, sex, full frontal nudity (Juno Temple, Gina Gershon or body double, uncredited strippers) Blood, violence, killing, violence to women.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Riveting 8 Feb 2014
By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Killer Joe is not an easy movie to watch. Grim and grubby this won’t provide a cosy night it but it is riveting from start to finish.

Carl needs money and he needs it fast so he decides the best thing to do is to bump off his estranged mother and inherit her life insurance. So with the help of his father he enlist Killer Joe, a police officer moonlighting as an assassin. When Joe finds out that payment can’t be made until the murder takes place he decides to take Carl’s sister as a retainer. Suffice to say the rest of the story doesn’t quite go to plan and everything spirals out of control.

The film itself is not as controversial as some would have you believe but it does have some uncomfortable moments which will make you squirm. The film is littered with interesting characters each with their own secrets and flaws and these come to light as the film progresses. The twist in the tail is well handled and in fact the last half an hour is superbly tense.

A powerhouse performance from an increasingly exciting Matthew McConaughey only serves to make this film all the more tense. He has a seething menace and violent streak just waiting to burst from his immediately calm demeanour.

Killer Joe is a film with intent. Intending to make you wriggle in your seat which it succeeds at doing. It isn’t the quiet masterpiece that some may have hoped for, but it shows that directors like Friedkin still have the guts to push some boundaries.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Luck Blues 11 July 2013
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Desperate times call for desperate measures; but the key participants in this piece are cursed by disloyalty, foolishness and greed, and they are cats paws in the hands of the more powerful and cunning. Splendidly played by all of the cast the story makes even these simple observations more subtle still. This isn't a film for the squeamish or those who hate Michael Hanecke style films; but it demonstrates what American cinema can do when it chooses to.

For good and ill.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not bad.
Published 11 days ago by MISS L M FROST
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not very good
Published 12 days ago by christinetomlinson
5.0 out of 5 stars the dvd was in good order. did not like at first but the ...
the dvd was in good order. did not like at first but the story got better as it progressed.
Published 1 month ago by joan connelly
1.0 out of 5 stars film is slow
I was intrigued by the differences in opinion from viewers, so decided to see how I felt about it. I thought the film was very slow, also the family seemed that way as well, not... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Garry
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Joe
I never much liked Matthew McConaughey as the only films I had ever seen him in were light fully rom coms. But this is propr acting.
Published 3 months ago by pixiestix
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire
Just watchable in no more. Fast forward some of the violence-there will still be plenty left. Decent story but relentlessly grim.
Published 3 months ago by Jillian Mcintyre
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected More
Really wanted this to be dark and gritty. Instead I felt lost within the plot and played around by possibilities. Can't go wrong with the cast but it just felt a bit dry. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nathan Caws
4.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Serial Killer move mixed with shocking black comedy!!
This is a pretty decent serial killer movie with some shocking and funny parts in it as well as great actors!!!
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
5.0 out of 5 stars a must watch
A dark comedy but loved it. My husband and I had seen the film before and liked it so much we wanted to own it.
Published 4 months ago by MRS T HUNTON
1.0 out of 5 stars !!!!!!!!
This is a very violent film, expecting lots of laughs because other reviews said so. Little comedy over the top in violence, Matthew McConaughey's character was menacing with weird... Read more
Published 4 months ago by v m knight
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