William Friedkin | US | 2011 | 102mins | Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon
William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist) has created a pulpy, vastly enjoyable, compellingly perverse film with repeat collaborator playwright Tracey Letts (Bug).
Emile Hirsh (Into The Wild) is the young man who befriends and then hires a contract killer (a malignant Matthew McConaughey – The Lincoln Lawyer) but begins to regret it when this ‘Killer Joe’ starts eyeing up his sister (Juno Temple) as part of the deal.
Brutal in every sense, Friedkin’s violently dark and funny film revels in a kind of glorious degradation.
“William Friedkin's blighted fairytale about a cop/contract killer handling a family's dirty business is paper cut sharp and laced with horrible humour” Catherine Shoard, The Guardian
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