Rafael is the best salesman in the biggest department store of Madrid. He is a fascinating man; all his colleagues fell in love with him. He tries to live a high-standard life. He is ... See full summary »
Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper a contract killer, who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. Written by
The film was released theatrically with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA for "graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality" but was edited down to an R rating for the home video release so that the DVD and Blu-ray could be sold in certain stores. The reason for the R rating given by the MPAA was for "strong and disturbing violence, sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language". See more »
During the train track scene with Chris and Dottie, his facial scars are missing. See more »
Matthew McConaughey must surely be the most underutilised actor working today. What a double hit from MMc! Yes, he was having too much fun stomping around the stage with his crown and sceptre in Magic Mike while clueless Channing Tatum tried to keep up but it wasn't until he donned his oily black slick garb to play Killer Joe that he reached acting nirvana.
This movie will NEVER make it into the mainstream and it WON'T be nominated for any awards Joe Public is exposed to but for the cogniscenti, the aficionados, the sick puppies who watched it and wallowed in its visceral filth and Gothic guignol horror, we know, don't we?
There is no moral to be learnt from this tale and nobody could walk away from it clean and refreshed. We watch in awe-struck disgust and fear while Killer Joe and his hapless partners in crime (a more uneven partnership I've yet to witness) plan the murder of a worthless piece of human debris to collect the princely sum of $50,000 to be split 5 ways. Why, we might ask, would anyone bother. To these characters, $10,000 is a ticket out of temporary misery.
The plot twist at the end might justify some of the actions (no spoilers from me) but even so, to empathise with the motives and consequences of the actions of four down and out people who struggle through life in a confined caravan serenaded by a continuously barking pit bull terrier (or was it a boxer?) would take a few hours on the front desk of the legal aid office.
Every performance is laudable and the direction from Friedkin note perfect, down to the terminally ill weather and the wasteland that is Texas, as shown here.
There are many people to whom I would NOT recommend this movie. However, those who can take it, will be not so much glad they did, as feel all the sleazier and complicit for the experience of watching human beings who didn't have grace from which to fall; nevertheless fall they do.
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