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Killer Joe


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Killer Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is a Dallas detective who doubles as a hit-man, with the charm of a Southern gentleman. Chris (Emile Hirsch) hires Joe to kill his mother, in order to collect her life insurance and pay off his debts. When Chris is unable to pay for the service up front, Joe takes Chris's sister Dottie (Juno Temple) as a retainer until he can be paid.

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  • Actors: Matthew Mcconaughey, Thomas Haden Church
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009POCG0Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,458 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

I really liked this movie, very good cast, great story because it could be reality very easy.
Cory Nida
KILLER JOE is a killer of a film: watching it makes you want to shower at movie's end just to get the slimy residue out of eyes and ears.
Grady Harp
We do care about them, but I'd rather see something with a little more character development and a little less brutality.
texasmovielover

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114 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Thivanka Rukshan Perera on September 3, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The late Roger Ebert said in his review for "Killer Joe" that the film left him speechless--and that's saying a lot, especially from a guy who's seen a lot of films. Rated NC-17, this was only available at the Opera Plaza Theater in the city (SF), but the small theater was packed! The audience laughed, gasped and--just like Ebert said--were rendered speechless by the shocking, blood-soaked finale.

An inevitable cult classic, there are many scathing scenes (one including the creative use of a chicken drumstick), and a lot of slick, smooth dialog--especially from Joe (brilliantly played by Matthew McConaughey) who just happens to be an officer of the law who moonlights as a killer for hire.

Hats off to veteran director William Friedkin, at 76 he has lost none of the edge he displayed in the 70's with his gritty police thriller "The French Connection", or his synth-infused masterpiece from the 80's "To Live & Die in L.A.". The story, adapted from a play by Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Letts ("Bug"), is right up Friedkin's alley, behind the bloody black humor his fatalistic view of human nature still shines through.

There's horror in "Killer Joe"; audiences cringed with pure horror back in the 70's with "The Exorcist", this time they gasped and giggled at the same time.

The overriding criticism against this film is that its characters are deplorable, and that the ending was "unsatisfying". Question: who says a film has to have likeable characters? Your film school instructor? Ever seen Martin Scorsese's "Raging Bull"? The main character (Jake La Motta) is near sub-human, but the film is now considered a classic character study of a self-destructive, sadomasochistic man.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daniel D Ostlund on January 24, 2013
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I'm amazed at the number of bad reviews this film has gotten. It is, for sure, not for everyone, but many of these reviews operate as if characters need to be likable in order for a film to be worth watching--an utterly bizarre and puritanical stance to take on a piece of art.

In any case, the acting in this film is superb. I mean really top notch. The writing is super sharp. And I got this kind of pleasure in watching just how bizarrely messed up this morally degraded bunch of idiots and sociopaths could be together.

Yes, there were a couple of shocking scenes, and everyone in the film is a moral monster, but it's all so well done: suspenseful, tense, full of menace, and funny in the bleakest possible way. If you're not super sensitive, I'd say ignore the bad reviews, and give it a shot--you may just think it's great.
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2012
Format: DVD
William Friedkin has been around for many, many years but the man still knows how to direct a movie. Now in his mid-70s, his sense for movie-making is as sharp as it was 40 years ago when directing "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist" brought his wide acclaim.

"Killer Joe" (105 min.) was originally screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival but a battle with the MPAA over the film's NC-17 rating held up its US release for almost a year. The distributor LD Entertainment ultimately decided to release the film unchanged and with the NC-17 rating. The plot centers around Chris (played by Emile Hirsch), a small time drug dealer desparately in need of money, and lots of it. With the help and support of several others, including his dad and also his mom's boyfriend, Chris decides to hire a contract killer, Joe, played by Matthew McConaughey, to kill his mom and collect the insurance money. All I will say is that eventually Joe does his part of the deal, but that there are a number of complications. To give away more of the plot would really ruin your viewing experience so you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. This movie is a great example of a "film noir" and then some, hence I'd call it "ultra-noire".

There is a reason that this movie is rated NC-17, so if you are squirmish about violent scenes, do yourself a favor and don't watch this movie. But if you can deal with that, you will be in for one wild and entertaning ride. There are several noteworthy performances. Let's start with Matthew McConaughey, who without a doubt brings a career-defining performance as Killer Joe. It's a shame it comes in a movie not a lot of people are likely to see due to the rating, as for me this is an Oscar-nomination worthy performance.
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59 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Miller VINE VOICE on October 30, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Few films contain such a palpable mix of dark comedy and brutality as William Friedkin's Killer Joe. The film reunites Friedkin with writer Tracy Letts, who last worked together on 2006's Bug. That film was a memorable little oddity that polarized audiences. If you have the stomach for it, Killer Joe is the superior film. For Friedkin, whose career was built on successes he had decades ago, it's a roaring comeback. For the star Matthew McConaughey, it's a career renaissance. In the last year, after serving time as the go-to guy for romantic comedies, McConaughey has begun taking on more daring roles and this is his most daring yet. It's also his best performance.

Most of Killer Joe takes place in a trailer park somewhere in Texas, home of the Smiths, a family of rednecks for whom the word `philistine' was almost certainly invented. Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) is a drug dealer whose mother has stolen his stash and left him desperately in debt to some guys who will kill him unless he comes up with $6000. Learning of his mother's $50,000 life insurance policy for which his sister Dottie (Juno Temple) is the beneficiary, Chris approaches his father Ansel (Thomas Haden Church) about the prospect of having his mother killed. Not only would this solve Chris' problem, but it could lead to a big payday for Dottie, Ansel and his current wife Sharla (Gina Gershon). The person to do it is Joe Cooper (McConaughey), a Dallas detective who moonlights as a hitman. After they meet with Joe, he demands $25,000 in advance that Chris and Ansel are unable to provide. But Joe is willing to negotiate and will accept a retainer; Dottie.

There's no telling who is working against each other in the Smiths family. Although they lack any semblance of sagacity, their ignorance spawns both humor and horror.
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