Sunday, December 30, 2012

Killer Joe (2011)

Director: William Friedkin. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon. 102 min. Rated NC-17. Crime/Drama.

In a combination of Strangers on a Train and Red Rock West, a father and son hire a professional dirty cop (“Killer Joe”) to murder the mother, so they can inherit her $50,000 life insurance – and of course, everything that could go wrong does. Well-written script keeps you guessing till the end, although I was expecting a more satisfying ending. With far more disturbing R-rated movies around (Se7en, Natural Born Killers, Passion of the Christ, you name it), the NC-17 rating is surprising. After watching Bernie and this, I’m thinking, maybe Matthew McConaughey isn’t such a bad actor after all.

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