Killer Joe will get you!

29 Aug

Director William Friedkin and Screenwriter Tracy Letts follow-up the claustrophobic ‘Bug’ with yet another dark and twisted movie. Killer Joe is about a dope dealer named Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) who’s in debt with the wrong people. Finding himself in a desparate situation, he decides to hire Killer Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) to kill his mother. The movies falls deeper into the darkness when Joe uses Smith’s sister’s virginity as a retainer.

The film was slapped with the dreaded NC-17 rating, but I think it is a justified rating for this film. There are some very brutal scenes that become so gruesome it is difficult to watch, but at the same time you can’t take your eyes off the screen. McConaughey’s intensity is unforgettable, but the film does lack some character depth as it presents your stereotypical trailer trash. Friedkin has kept his edge as a director after all these years since The Exorcist. Killer Joe will get you!


Adam’s Grade: B
Chuck’s Grade: B

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