Right after this movie ended, the first thing i said was "What the hell did i just watch?". This movie is another surprise from William Friedkin (one of my favorite director). Last time he surprised me with "Bug" and now with this twisted tale of a killer. Its probably the most weird movie i saw this whole year.
Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) who is under a big debt plans to kill his mother and receive her insurance money of fifty thousand dollars whose sole beneficiary is Chris's sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris, his father Ansel (Thomas Haden Church) and stepmother Sharla (Gina Gershon) together decide to hire Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a police detective who has a side job of a contract killer. Joe asks for twenty five thousand dollars as his fee but since Chris could only pay after his mother was dead, he agrees with Joe to have him keep Dottie as "retainer" but things don't go as planned.
McConaughey as a sadistic killer Joe was perfect and the dark humor and lurid moments are shocking yet entertaining.
This a sick and twisted movie but still it was hard to take my eyes off the screen because it was equally entertaining. Its not a great movie but its different, so you either love it or hate it. In my case i was somewhere near loving it.
Who should watch?
Its filled with gruesome violence, nudity and sexual perversion and its hard to recommend it to someone that easily. Its really about taking a chance, but if you think you can handle it all at once then you might end up liking it.
Genre - Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director - William Friedkin
Stars - Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon, Thomas Haden Church
Country - USA
Language - English
Runtime - 102 minutes