Despite the film's humor, I don't view it so much as an entertainment, but as a stark depiction of the escalating cost of poor decisions. Joe's a cautionary tale about how NOT to behave.
It's not a film about vigilantism or revenge, but the about the slippery slope of narcissism.
Equal parts preachy and exploitative, the movie tries to work both sides of the street and winds up losing on both counts.
Even though I feel, at its core, the picture's a piece of crap, I never get tired of watching it, flaws and all.
One of the few films in my collection I will have purchased SIX TIMES in various home video formats.
This is what a ruthless pursuit of heaven on earth, "Utopia", leads to: Mayhem, Misery, Extinction.
This sort of thinking only makes sense if you're a statist with a twisted notion of the world and how it works. If you believe that stealing wealth results in the same economic outcome as creating it.