Killer Joe 2011

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(94) IMDb 6.7/10
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When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.

Starring:
Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch
Runtime:
1 hour 38 minutes

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Killer Joe

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy
Director William Friedkin
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch
Supporting actors Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Feb 2014
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 July 2013
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 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pixiestix on 11 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynda 13 on 26 Mar 2014
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Matthew McConaughey is brilliant in this.
Hillbillys & KFC makes for some shocking viewing.
A must see movie. blooming good
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MRS T HUNTON on 14 April 2014
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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.
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Format: Blu-ray
Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris, a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money.

Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper, a contract killer, who also happens to be a police detective.

The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie.

However, due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through.

Friedkin knows how to shock, but does it with a certain panache. And thanks to this, he has made some of the finest films ever.

He did falter a little in the nineties, but he has redeemed himself in the last six years with Bug, and now this little evil movie.

It's a sadistic piece, but with some cracking performances, and Mahogany puts in I career best performance. His Joe is the stuff of nightmares, and the scene when he is questioning Gershon (not the chicken leg scene), is some of the most intense cinema of the year.

The film moves at a heady pace, and it has a brilliant, almost hilarious twist at the end. It wasn't going to work well for Hirsch and Church, as they ooze bad luck, but it's fun watching them be delusional.

It's not for all tastes, it takes way too many risks, and just about gets away with them, but Friedkin has made another brilliant movie.
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