Murders for hire almost never go off without a hitch in real life, and they’re even less-reliable in the movies. You either get stupid killers or stupid clients, or if you’re lucky (and Fargo
is on cable), both. In William Friedkin’s Killer Joe
, it’s the clients who don’t have it going on upstairs. Chris and Ansel (Emile Hirsch and Thomas Haden Church) hire bad-cop Joe (Matthew McConaughey) to kill a family member so they can claim the insurance money and pay off loan sharks. Sounds so easy, doesn’t it? Killer Joe
is by no means a friendly motion picture, but the violence is pretty cartoonish and comes late enough in the proceedings that it’s hard to feel violated by it (despite the NC-17 rating). You should also know that this is the best Matthew McConaughey performance by a Texas mile, and his third really solid outing in a row.