Killer Joe

DVD - 2012
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Killer Joe
'Killer' Joe Cooper is a Dallas detective who doubles as a hitman with the charm of a Southern gentleman. Chris hires Joe to kill his mother in order to collect her life insurance and pay off his debts. When Chris is unable to pay for the service up front, Joe takes Chris's sister Dottie as a retainer until he can be paid.

Publisher: [United States] : Lionsgate, 2012.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Mar 02, 2015

Should be thrown away. Not worth even borrowing from library. Got 15 minutes of my time

Feb 09, 2015
  • POLITICSOWNSUS rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I really don't like the way this celluloid ended.The ending is so hasty it makes the film feel so incomplete,drastically reducing it's slickness.One character in this film that was talked about quite a bit we never get to meet by the way,which hurts,not helps,this film cause period.

Nov 05, 2014
  • nycounsel rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Mixed bag. Good acting, violent, a bit sexually exploitive. offbeat ending.

Oct 17, 2014
  • stampsource rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

very violent (and I don't mind violence) - very crude (and I don't mind crude) - went just a little too far.

The storyline was well thought out.

Apr 25, 2014
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

KILLER JOE is very difficult to describe. I understand why people think it's good. I understand why people think it's bad. Both sets of people are one-hundred percent correct. This is the problem. I'll tell you what I gathered. It takes a special class of person to kill someone, but it also takes a certain type of person to want someone killed. I'm not speaking hyperbolically; I mean the real deal, the cessation of life, the final ending, death. KILLER JOE tells the story of a trailer trash family whose drug-dealing son loses his share of cocaine when his mother sells it to fix up her car. He decides to visit his divorced father and develop a plan of retaliation to get his chunk of change while promising a cut for his father and sister if they agree to the deal. All the while, his sister, the doe-eyed blonde Dottie, dances in the center of their webs of lies, deceit, and ill intentions. Privy to a whole range of information but with the innocence of a fairy princess, her father and brother offer her up on a silver platter as collateral when they can't afford the deposit to get the "job" done. What unfolds is something to behold. Director William Friedkin of EXORCIST fame delivers a dose of evil in plain ol' human form in this disturbing thriller, the film in which McConaughey solidified his career turnaround from rom-com leading man to serious dramatic actor (The first film I saw him appear this way was THE LINCOLN LAWYER, a superior and underrated film, a truly entertaining and well crafted suspenseful crime drama.) Matthew's methodical coldness injects fear into an already shady scenario. Juno Temple is equally fascinating as the enigmatic innocent in a dangerous game, the catalyst held as bait to get the ball rolling. Juno plays the role well, mixing wisdom and naivete in equal parts, like a bird with a broken wing whose got a helicopter parked out back. Emile Hirsch, Thomas Hayden Church, and Gina Gershon flesh out the ensemble as the son, his father, and his father's new wife. The low-rent characters here are all objectionable in their own way, but it's the tension building to something that keeps you rapt. Don't misinterpret my praise; this film is majorly flawed (mostly in its pacing, character motivation, and flexible story structure) and I wouldn't watch it again, but the actors are strong strong and the first screening proves at least intriguing. What's going to happen? I wondered constantly, "What's going to happen?" Clinical and corrupt but not infallible, Killer Joe Cooper tangos with the wrong clan this time around. But what is it building to, you ask? If I told you, I'd have to kill you. I hesitantly recommend KILLER JOE to age-appropriate audiences who can handle the graphic nudity and violence and rawness of the story.

Apr 18, 2014
  • Alexandratx rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This movie made me want to see the play, if it was only one act long and I could hide my face in my hands as it went on. Extremely brutal.

Mar 30, 2014
  • auntof3sjb rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

You'll never look at a chicken leg the same way again. Trust me. Matthew McCoughaney was downright evil and scary in this movie, even though he looked gorgeous. One scene was VERY intense. You'll see.

Mar 22, 2014
  • rheinhold rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Friedkin's hypnotic adaptation of Tracy Letts' dark play follows on his previous adaptation the same author's Bug. Both are among his greatest films, which is saying a lot given his early successes (Boys in the Band, The French Connection, The Exorcist). The whole cast is awesome; Gina Gerscholm fearlessly commits to a quite literally punishing role, and McConaughy is downright chilling. The denouement is genuinely, invigoratingly shocking (and so wrong). This is definitely not one to watch with the family. But recommended for those curious about where their own comfort levels lie. To award Killer Joe a single star because of its taboo violence is like giving The Exorcist one star because one disapproves of demonic possession (or the Catholic Church). Formally, this is consummate film-making any cinephile should appreciate.

Mar 20, 2014
  • IngloriousBelcher rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

If you dislike Emile Hirsch, then you will probably love this movie since it is essentially about him getting the everlasting bujeezus beat out of him over and over again. Incredibly good acting, but an awful, bloody, disturbing and seemingly pointless plot.

Mar 08, 2014

Worst movie ever created. Don't waste the time to see.

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Apr 25, 2014
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"He set his genitals on fire to teach her a lesson. Guess he showed her." "Was he okay?" "No, he was not okay. He set his genitals on fire."


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