When small-time drug dealer Chris Smith finds himself seriously in debt to his supplier, he hatches a plan to have his estranged mother killed in order to claim the $50,000 life insurance due to be paid to his younger sister, Dottie. To do the job, he hires Killer Joe Cooper, a creepy, corrupt and crazy Dallas cop who Chris is informed moonlights as a professional hit man. Unable to pay Joe's fee upfront, Chris agrees to provide a “retainer” in the form of Dottie, with whom Joe has become besotted. However, following the murder of his mother, Chris' plan begins to unravel in a series of unexpected twists involving the interference of his father's new wife, Sharla, and the development of an unlikely bond between Joe and Dottie.
Friedkin's second collaboration with writer Tracy Letts (following 2006's Bug) has it all – steamy sexuality, shocking violence, a compelling storyline, lashings of black humour and, most of all, a killer cast of actors all at the top of their game. Matthew McConaughey effectively shakes off his rom-com shackles once and for all, while Juno Temple delivers a scene-stealing performance in a movie likely to leave viewers both exhilarated and shaken at the same time.
Describes as "Paper-cut sharp and horribly funny," by The Guardian and by The Independent as "funnier than most comedies, but its gobsmackingly vicious violence leaves most torture-porn movies looking like Postman Pat," Killer Joe will be released on UK DVD and Blu-ray by eOne Entertainment at the RRP of £19.99 for the DVD and £24.99 for the Blu-ray.
No extras have been listed. Surprising, that, paricularly given the retail price.