Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette, Alessandro Nivola, John Doman, Judith Roberts


Thriller written and directed by Lynne Ramsay which follows Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), an ex-soldier, ex-FBI agent who is tasked with rescuing a politician’s teenage daughter, Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov) from child trafficking. Corrupt power and vengeance unleash a storm of violence that may lead to Joe’s awakening.



Best Quotes:

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Joe’s Mother: [to Joe] Where do you spend your time? What do you do out there alone?


Joe: I’m going to ask you some questions. How many are there?
Man: One guy inside the front door, a second guy on the top floor.


[on the phone]
Voice: After the tone, please leave a message.
Joe: It’s done.


Angel: [to Joe] A man called, and he wants to see you.


John McCleary: Senator Albert Votto, his teenage daughter is missing.
Joe: What’s the lead?
John McCleary: He got an anonymous text with an address.


Joe: Why am I here?
John McCleary: Albert Votto, his teenage daughter has been missing all weekend.


John McCleary: [to Joe] Senator Albert Votto, he doesn’t want to get the cops involved. He wants to meet you.


Senator Votto: Her name is Nina. Do you have kids, Joe?
Joe: No.
Senator Votto: They’ll hurt her, these places, if she’s there.
Joe: I’ll get her.


Senator Votto: They said you were brutal
Joe: I can be.
Senator Votto: I want you to hurt them.


Senator Votto: Do you have kids, Joe? Nina, her name is Nina. 235 East, 31st Street. I’ve heard of these places.
Joe: If she’s there I’ll get her.
Senator Votto: McCleary said you were brutal.
Joe: I can be.
Senator Votto: I want you to hurt them.


Joe: [to Votto] Don’t worry, I’ll get her.


[showing a photo to a man he’s beaten up]
Joe: Look, have you seen this girl? Is she inside?


Joe: Security, how many are there?


Joe: Nina, can you hear me. My name is Joe. It’s okay, come on.


Nina: Where are we going?
Joe: I’m taking you to your dad.


Joe: [to Nina] Close your eyes.


Joe: Pick up the phone.
John McCleary: What’s going on?
Joe: The cops are involved.


News Reporter: New York State Senator has been found dead in an apparent suicide.


Joe: I don’t know what the fuck is going on here.


Nina: Joe, wake up. It’s a beautiful day.


Nina: It’s okay, Joe. It’s okay.


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