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Killer Joe (2012) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

3192

Avg. Rating:

2.70/4

# of Ratings:

58

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Rating:

NR

Language:

English

Theater Date:

07/27/2012

DVD Release:

12/21/2012

Director:

William Friedkin

Actors:

Matthew McConaughey
Emile Hirsch
Juno Temple
Thomas Haden Church
Gina Gershon
Scott A. Martin

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

In order to escape the crushing debt in his life, a young man decides to put hire a contract killer to take out his mother for the insurance and he uses his sister as collateral. -- Chris Kavan

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Alex 03/10/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2/4 

This movie had a chance. The acting is horrible. I thought Hirsch had talent and I was wrong. I liked the plot and the quirky nature of the movie but just couldn't get over the simplicity. The ending was also a bit of a cop out. Worth a rent if you have seen most everything else.

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philS 01/09/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Rating of
2/4 

Nothing spectacular about this movie, the story-line was pretty good, a Hit man hired to kill a mother by her children and husband who gets caught up in some drama. Something was missing, whether it was the acting or characters in whole or the writing or the location/directing i couldn't quite put my finger on it. Really depending on your personal preference you could like this movie or hate it, it will not be anybody's favorite movie but it is something you can get dragged in to and get your attention, hoping something happens. The ending was very unpredictable though, probably the best part of the movie was the ending, i will not give it away but i did like the ending.

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ghostpeppa 12/24/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

dark twisted fun....one of Matthew Mc's better roles and performances...Worth even a second go round!

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  LeeAnn M.
LeeAnn M.
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09/12/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Killer Joe

I was starting to rethink my disdain of Matthew McConaughey after watching Mud. Then I had to ruin my newly heightened opinion of the actor by watching Killer Joe. Killer Joe is the title character of a hit man. The movie also is about a drug dealer and lots of hate. This movie especially hated the idea of a decent ending. I spent two hours in agony, wishing the movie would end so the characters could end their suffering raunch and disgust of their lives. Just when Killer Joe finally has epiphany that the world is bigger than himself and it is possible for character growth, the movie ends. The viewer is not privy to that side of Joe. Maybe that is where the comedy comes into the film, leaving the viewer to want more of a film they couldn't stomach.

Rating of
0.5/4 

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  Rod
Rod
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06/01/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Bloody

A family starts turning to each other as debt problem arises. They hire a contract killer to murder the mother to get the insurance. Things get more complicated when the killer grows some obsession to the daughter.

***

Matthew McConaughey deserves all the praises to this movie. I agree that this is one his best performances. The rest of the cast seemed to overact including Juno Temple. I did not expect that this film would be this "x-rated". I expected extreme actions but not really something sexual. I'm not a fan of bloody film that is why I was really distracted to most of the scenes. Moreover, I was not sure if the film supposed to be thrilling or erotic? Like I said, I think there were unnecessary sensual parts.

I appreciate the story perse especially the twists and turns, bu...

Rating of
2.5/4 

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  mitchellyoung
mitchellyoung
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12/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A Dark, Dark Film

Here's the dilemma of "Killer Joe" for me: it's a well-made and often very engrossing and tense film, and, yet, I couldn't get past the deplorable characters made to do even more deplorable things. William Friedkin has a knack for directing dysfunctional and out-of-control characters with a flair for the dramatic. Sometimes it works (as in the incredible and classic French Connection) and sometimes it doesn't (as in Friedkin's previous film, Bug, which is laughably bad.) I suspect that "Killer Joe" will work for a lot of people who will recognize its artistic merit, but, for me, not having any moral center to grasp onto, I left the film feeling empty. The performances are fantastic, and all the actors can be praised for fleshing out some interesting acting choices. Matthew McConaughe...

Rating of
2.5/4 

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