"Killer Joe pulls no punches, in fact after the first initial impact, it gladly continues to grind its knuckles into your face."
Joe Cooper is sociopath and a cop, a cop who doubles as a killer for hire. And In this here plot, Joe’s unique services are called upon to kill a woman - the clients of the intended victim being her son and ex-husband. Through Joe’s antagonistic negotiations with the duo, Joe realises that these men are an idiotic pair, clueless about how these dealings go down and naive about the world they are crossing into. This is made more evident by the fact that the son is already in mob trouble and is compounding his ‘situation’ by getting into another one as a means of escape. Joe, in being a stand-up guy – yeah right, agrees to oblige the assassination by breaking one of his non-negotiable rules. He accepts a retainer to temporarily stand-in for the money (that the father and son don't actually have) in the form of an aloof young girl, the daughter and sister of the clients…suffice to say nothing goes to plan as there are double crosses abound, hidden agendas and a complete underestimation of whom they are dealing with.
Killer Joe pulls no punches, in fact after the first initial impact, it gladly continues to grind its knuckles into your face. Post Exorcist, Friedkin delivers another kind of horror story, where in the finale and rising mayhem, showcases a poetic master class in narrating the ultimate in family dysfunction.