Like its protagonist, Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), this movie is daring, brutal, and also sympathetic.

Director Lynne Ramsay, who gave us the equally uncompromising We Need to Talk About Kevin, works from a reduced roster of characters here, with Phoenix front and centre. He’s a hitman – an occupation that comes with a cost. We’ve seen this narrative of the tortured assassin before, but not like this. It all starts to unravel for Joe when he’s given the assignment to recover a victim kidnapped by well-connected paedophiles. There is betrayal, and a remarkable score by Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood that underlines each eviscerating emotional twist and turn.

Release Date: December 6, 2018
Format: DVD, Blu-ray
 Joaquin Phoenix, Dante Pereira-Olson

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