Revenge for the murder of her father. Clearly visible in hardware store scene. Was he a psychopath, or an outsider, lost and confused. During one such rescue missions, he is forced to face and resurrect his buried emotions when he uncovers a deadly conspiracy. Have you never seen taxi driver? The only handler we see in the movie is angel. And then they hold hands as the man dies. And through an anonymous tip, they were aware of a place where she might be being pimped out.
Personally, this movie struck a chord. And he violently kills everyone in the house. He then wanted to either save Nina out of guilt and maybe go public , or claim her for his own for comfort. This is a deep deep dive into the psychosis of a hitman hell-bent on punishing sex traffickers. He pulls the rocks out of his pockets, and he swims towards the surface. Not to mention at the end of the movie neither Joe nor Nina seem nervous about anybody looking for her. Joe has witnessed things that cannot be erased.
But not the deeper reason, or meaning. Some clandestine something or other. Agree, with me, disagree — whatever, just think about the film and the deeper alley ways that it carries you through. Sitting in a hotel room in Nashville for 12 hours then on to Atlanta I think? He has completely withdrawn from the world and earns his living rescuing girls who have been kidnapped into the sex trade. And it played so much everyone knew all the lyrics. Do you think the state senator had been going along with the abuse of his daughter probably for political gain and then had a change of heart? He was damaged by a life of violence: abuse by a sadistic father, confusing and senseless deaths in the military, the truck full of women he seemed to be discovering, not having caused.
Also mentions about how this job will allow him to take his large boat out of dry dock. Just such a tragic thing. Making or even just thinking a sequel is out of sync with the movie. Have you never seen taxi driver? The meeting place for senator votto to pickup Nina was not in that parking garage. Incredible scene when Joe realizes Governor already dead. You might want to watch the movie again.
Clearly visible in hardware store scene. The movie revealed its secrets in due time… generally well enough. And when they are done with you? The brief flashback showing both men in a hotel room supports this. Made me think a bit in what I thought about the film. And we hear him tell someone on a payphone really, could you find a payphone if you wanted to these days? Why was Joe so concerned about this, and why did it mean that he and McClearly had to give up.
But these are not critical plot points other than the latter gives Joe an added reason to go after governor. Have I yet mentioned that his favorite weapon is a ball-peen hammer? But that same quiet method is utterly mind blowing when associated with a psychopath hitman. So there was answer number one to the biggest question of the ending… which was, who killed the governor and his security detail. Some other ideas: Votto not the girls father; definitely one her abusers. But then we see him with his mother, and the care with which he delouses her refrigerator of spoiled food, and we start to get a different picture of what is going on. So with that said, if you have not seen the movie yet, you really need to leave now. Quite possibly the most unrealistic part of the movie.
Shows what a complex character he was. No one flinches with the gun shot. Joe clearly tells him what hotel and room number to come to and at what time 3 am. So you get the meaning. We see state governors swallow children whole. This culminates in his suicidal fantasy in the diner.
Was it really that dangerous for the Latino boy to have seen Joe at his home? You are confusing senator votto with John mcleary. All of the upbeat songs in the soundtrack really threw me off! I think the layering of this film echoes that perspective. Joachim Phoenix is underrated and lost a lot of his juice when he participated in that year long hoax that turned out to be a pseudo-documentary. So, that should tell you what we are dealing with here. And most importantly, it made me want to watch the film all over again. Mainly because so much of what I have to say is from my reflections about this character and film.