Killer Joe is a story about a young drug dealer named Chris (played by Emile Hirsch). After his stash was stolen by his mother, Chris has to come up with $ 6,000 quickly or he’s dead. His desperation brought him to go to his father, Ansel played by Hayden Church who lays out a plan that will help him. Apparently, his mother has a life insurance plan that could make them rich, but the problem is: she is very much alive. This is where they hire Killer Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey ), a hit man to do the job for them but he requires an upfront fee. Things go into a whole new level of chaos which will turn their lives around. Killer Joe came out in theatres last July 27th 2012. Let’s take a look at Roger Moore’s movie review on the film, Killer Joe:
“Killer Joe: Why It’s A Movie Worth Watching?
“Killer Joe” is a thriller that never quite leaves behind its stage-bound roots in making the transition from play to screen. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing when you’re talking about a broad, incendiary slice of Texas Gothic.
The characters are bigger than life, and lower-than-low. Everybody’s vile, with the title character the most villainous. Everybody shouts, save for the title character, who is so bad he doesn’t need to. The dialogue is arch, risible, trailer-park Faulkner.
The casting is a trifle too on-the-nose. Emile Hirsch of “Into the Wild” is the manic young punk who sets off this tale of murder-mom/ murder-for-hire. Gina Gershon (“Show Girls”) has played plenty of women who might be comfortable answering the door with no pants or panties on. Thomas Haden Church’s deadpan stare and honking voice are spot-on as a dullard dad who is slow on the uptake. Was he aware of the schemes the others set in motion around him?
“I’m never aware.” Who else could get as big a laugh with that line?
Juno Temple utterly inhabits the naive, slightly touched Dottie, a sexual invitation of the “Baby Doll” variety, straight out of Tennessee Williams.
And Matthew McConaughey, in the performance of his career, tones down his swagger to a mere suggestion, a Dallas cop and part-time hit-man who never raises his voice and thus stands out in this cast of shouting, wrestling, Bud-swilling rednecks.
“When we make arrangements,” he calmly hisses to Chris (Hirsch), the kid who wants to hire him to kill his mother or her insurance money, “I expect the details to have some attention paid to them.”
For this, the best film of the summer, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts doesn’t water down this nasty script about thoroughly nasty folks for the screen, which means “Killer Joe” moves from stage to cinema with an NC-17 rating. But you’d hate to censor a word, a suggestion, a single unforgettable blast cruelty or kinkiness.
And director William Friedkin, decades removed from his “French Connection” glory, gets in there and gets out of the way of the “fun.”
Read the entire review at Herald Online
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