TK gave us the first trailer back in September for Killer Joe, which appears to cast Matthew McConaughey as the sociopathic killer I think was always lurking under his dull stoner characters. The mere mention of McConaughey sparks the memory of Matt Damon’s dead on impression of him, and so maybe that gentle prodding of his playing the same role over and over again pushed him into actual interesting acting instead of just making another movie about how surfing is like life, man.
Here’s the trailer:
And of course the obligatory plot description:
When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he hires a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris finds Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can’t pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. The contract killer and his hostage develop an unusual bond. Like from a modern-day, twisted fairy tale, “Killer Joe” Cooper becomes the prince to Dottie’s Cinderella. Based on the play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, “Killer Joe” is a garish, proactive black comedy from Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) and stars Emile Hirsch, Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Thomas Hayden Church, and Gina Gershon.
That’s a hell of a cast right there, and they must be doing some serious stuff on the screen because the ratings board handed down an NC-17 for their effort, which the studio has decided to go ahead and accept without bothering to cut anything. That move alone intrigues me, and the film is hitting theaters on July 27th.