Killer Joe

Killer Joe: a young redneck with bad debts finds out that his mother has a $50,000 life insurance policy, so he contacts the world’s dodgiest cop – Killer Joe. While this is pitched as a thriller, it’s more like a deep-south trailer-trash crime-caper, which was a nice surprise. More surprising, is the absolutely wicked streak of very, very black humour that holds the movie together, providing an unexpectedly high number of laughs. Better still is the perfectly selected cast, all of whom portray brilliant – memorable – characters, but it’d be wrong not to single out Juno Temple (for her no-holds barred performance) and McConaughey, for his portrayal of a scary, twisted, stickler-for-manners-and-the-rules dirty cop – he’s unbelievably good. A few scenes (the dinner date in particular) feel overlong and lifted directly from a play – because this is based on a play, doh! There’s tons of nudity, a jarring/uneasy synth soundtrack and a totally subversive ending that you couldn’t begin to predict. Not unlike The Killer Inside Me, this is a difficult one to recommend: it’s unbelievably dark and uncomfortable to watch in large parts yet it works so well as a piece of entertainment, with some great laughs: above all else, this is a stunning performance piece from all actor involved… including Emile Hirsch!!! (And Gina Gershon, and Thomas Haden Church…)

Score: 7.5/10

4 comments
  1. Nice one man. This is one that high on my list for this year. I always thought it looked like The Killer Inside Me and I really like that film. Looks damn good to me.

  2. Jaina said:

    Solid review. In total agreement. There were moments in the film that I thought to myself, “WTF am I watching?”. Still, I’m glad I saw it. Great little film. The final dinner scene made the film for me.

  3. I never say “No” to a movie with Emile Hirsch in it. I’ll check it out some time. Don’t think it’s out in the states yet but I hear it got an NC-17 rating.

  4. Great review. I am literally dying (not really) to see this one. Hope it opens in my neck of the woods soon!

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