VOD Recommendation: A Suspenseful, Disturbing and Darkly Comic Movie from a Legendary Filmmaker Now on Demand
12.22.12 by BJSprecher
"I heard y'all talking about killing mama. I think it's a good idea."
Mosey on down to the Lone Star State to witness a twisted trailer park tragedy involving a highly dysfunctional family and a fiendish hitman.
The Flick: Killer Joe
The Skinny: Legendary filmmaker William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist) ends his five-year hiatus with this pitch black comedy inspired by yet another Tracy Letts play — Friedkin's last movie, Bug (2006), was inspired by Letts' play of the same name. The movie had its North American debut at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival before a limited theatrical release in July 2012. Though a box office failure, it has received critical acclaim for Friedkin's direction and the strong performances by the cast.
The Players: Matthew McConaughey delivers a "frightening and evil and magnificent" performance as "Killer" Joe Cooper, a police detective who moonlights as a hitman. After being contracted to off the "mama" of a small-time drug dealer (Emile Hirsch), Joe takes the drug dealer's attractive younger sister (Juno Temple) as sexual "collateral" until he gets paid for his services. As twisted as that may sound, things get even more twisted when it turns out that there are other parties interested in seeing the hit carried out. Thomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon also star.
The Rating: Though released in theaters with an NC-17 rating for "graphic disturbing content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality," the edited VOD version is R-rated.
Killer Joe | Matthew McConaughey | Emile Hirsch | William Friedkin | Movie Trailer | Review