REVIEW: KILLER JOE
SYNOPSIS: When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he stumbles on the scheme of hiring a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy is supposed to go to his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris hires Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris canít pay Joe up front, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. Based on the play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, Killer Joe is a garish, provocative, black comedy from Academy Award winning director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) and stars Emile Hirsch, Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, and Gina Gershon.
REVIEW: Ever needed money so badly that you would do whatever it takes, at all costs, to obtain it? This is precisely what Chris, a young
unintelligent son and brother, encountered when he fell short in paying back a red neck drug lord. Caught between a short timeline he desperately seeks out help from his clueless somewhat
semi-brain-dead father. However, Chris finds himself back at the drawing board. He later gets a tip that his mother has an insurance policy worth enough to get him out of hot water. He convinces his father of his plan to have his mother killed by one of the town's corrupt police officers. The only catch is that he needs to pay this killer upfront, thus, bringing him back to his original problem. The killer, Joe, offers a sick and disturbing solution to help out Chris. From that moment, Joe's character develops with that
initial offering and his twisted demeaning persona is inflicted throughout the journey of the job. This is where I started having a problem and quickly my taste buds went sour by Killer Joe's behavior. To women everywhere, I think you would strongly agree or at least somewhat be jolted by the things that take place in this film. Dont get me wrong, the role was played very well, however, some of the events are grotesque and vulgar to say the least. I compare this aspect to Silence of the Lambs back in the day. The only exception is that Silence of the Lambs was a well put together movie.
On the bright side, this movie did have some comical moments which will entertain and add to the bizarre curiosity throughout the film. Nonetheless, this is not a good movie. You will see things you have never seen before in a film, from a sick and twisted perspective, but this is not what sets a movie apart. Well, maybe for some but not for me. The story development could have been better and the ending could have been much better. To sum things up, the story started with a good concept in which you would foresee thriller or
suspenseful turn of events. However, this was not the case. Instead, the film found a way to divert from the norm in order to shock the viewer by the use of graphic and awkward situations. You will leave the movie theatre with a bitter taste in your mouth, pun intended. This is definitely not a film to watch with your parents nor to see on a first date, hence, the NC-17 rating. I would recommend to go see another movie unless you cannot control your curiosity. Remember, curiosity killed the cat!
By George Quickiemeister
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Director: William Friedkin
Writer: Tracy Letts
Duration: 1hr 42mins
Staring: Matthew McConaughey
Rating: NC-17 for graphic
content involving violence and
sexuality, and a scene of brutality
August 24, 2012
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