Emile Hirsch plays a desperate Texas debtor who plots to kill his mother, with help of his family. They hire a crooked cop to do the job, but Killer Joe asks for their teenage daughter as a “retainer.”
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Black is black : a family visited by an exterminating angel === La visite de l'ange exterminateur à la famille ==== Juno TEMPLE (Sin City), Emile HIRSCH (Into the Wild) & Gina GERSHON (Bound) at their best ! After a theater play by Tracy LETTS. 4,5/5.
Curious how this film worked better on TV than now in a movie theater. The end at the caravan is a great moment of theatrical performance as well of a cinematographic transcription of a script made from a play. But most of it fails to too many cliches of the genre and its ambiences, which are expanded when seen on a movie screen. Anyway, a credible example of Friedkin's ability to overcome the starting materials.
Since it lacks Friedkin's usual dramatic complexity--- all the characters are one-dimensionally dumb and any high-art subtext about society, trailer-park culture, and morality isn't deep-- it works not as a serious film, but a tongue-and-cheek parody of the southern gothic/film noir genres. Killer Joe is enjoyable as hell. That includes the crazy climax that's a knee-slapper for those who realize it's just a lark.
Has a chicken leg ever been so memorable? If Killer Joe teaches us anything, it's that indie American cinema still has the power to shake up our expectations and rattle audiences accustomed to more reserved psychological explorations.
Um, holy shit. I'm not sure if I'm more shocked by a decent performance from Matthew McConaughey or that Holy-Fucking-Shit ending. Killer Joe is white trash noir with an ending which kind of appropriately reminded me of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Killer Joe kind of meanders from time to time but grabs you by the throat and makes goddamn sure it has your attention. Jeeeeesus Christ...!
Delicious grim tale about despicable people doing debauchery things in a powerhouse performances from the casts! The film were composed stylishly and has dark humours that were hilarious. The finale was a cracker-jack too. It was f-ed up but I enjoyed every minute of it!
Friedkin is back in full form. McConaughey is a real treat as a stone cold psycho. As perverse as funny, if you happen to enjoy a ride full of the most vile things imaginable done with brutal honesty but with a warped (and let's say "refreshing") sense of humor.
Dark, lurid, violent, and seething with grimy sexuality, this kind of film picks up where Letts' and Friedkin's collaboration on "Bug" left off several years ago. A masterfully directed and stylishly composed cornucopia of colour, sleaze, and comedy genius of the darkest shade. Minimal characters, high tension, and a sadistic story are what to expect with this trashy masterpiece.