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Destroyer (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Destroyer's grueling narrative is as uncompromising as Nicole Kidman's central performance, which adds extra layers to a challenging film that leaves a lingering impact.

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Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

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Cast

Nicole Kidman
as Erin Bell
Toby Huss
as Gil Lawson
Shamier Anderson
as Actor, Antonio
Zach Villa
as Arturo
Colby French
as Actor, Det. Kudra
Kelvin Han Yee
as Lt. Oshima
Cuete Yeska
as Taz's Guy
Doug Simpson
as Other Agent
Kale Clauson
as Informant Cousin
Jan Hoag
as Toby's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Destroyer

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It sounds like a rote rote cop [movie], but the way that Karyn Kusama puts a spin on it: [Destroyer] is really about a woman who cannot deal with her own mistakes... I thought that this film had a real heaviness to it.

September 12, 2019 | Full Review…

A masterful performance by Kidman, who has proven over the last few years that she has deep reserves of talent.

April 20, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

[Kidman's] collaboration with Karyn Kusama, who directed this film, is another example of her willingness to back a filmmaker still to peak.

March 29, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The film has to be seen for Kidman. In the scenes set in the present she has so transformed herself that at first she's hardly recognisable.

March 22, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Bell lets her past eat her alive without taking the time to fully understand it-so we can't either. That is ultimately her, and the film's, downfall.

February 28, 2019 | Full Review…

There's a clear thematic debt to such character-driven 1970s classics as Serpico or The French Connection, but Destroyer also feels profoundly contemporary in its flipping of traditional gender roles.

January 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Destroyer

Honestly expected more from Kusama after The Invitation, but while Destroyer is still a very well put-together genre film it does little to exceed the boundaries of its given genre-even with a fully committed and totally de-glamorized Nicole Kidman performance. The structure tries to do something interesting with the crime thriller tropes as well, but even that twist feels somewhat rote at this point. Still, it's not not entertaining and I was just invested enough to care about where the story took our main character.

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