Killer Joe


Five star review for this impressive movie, starring Matthew McConaughey Discuss this article

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Killer Joe begins boot-deep in grime, as debt-ridden dope Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) hatches a plot with trailer-trash dad Ansel (Thomas Haden Church) to murder his mother for a lucrative insurance payout. They enlist the services of Killer Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), an assassin for hire who scoffs at the clueless duo’s several-instalments payment plan – until he decides that Chris’s endearingly nutty sister, Dottie (Juno Temple), will be reward enough.

Joe is a grade-A psychotic-cum-psychoanalyst who refuses to leave until he’s exposed every bit of this broken-down family’s moral rot. Each of the performers clearly relishes writer and director Tracey Letts’ and William Friedkin’s unapologetic luridness, with special props to the fearless Gina Gershon as Ansel’s sleazily manipulative gal. But it’s McConaughey who is the real revelation: All Grim Reaper strut and cutthroat stare, he savours each of Letts’ vividly ghoulish lines as if they contained the wisdom of the ages. The horrible, hilarious joke, of course, is that Joe is the void made flesh. And gazing into the abyss has rarely felt so good.

By Keith Uhlich
Time Out Doha,

Killer Joe

  • Duration: 102
  • Released: Thu, 06 Feb
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: William Friedkin
  • Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon, Marc Macaulay

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