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Park's English-language debut boasts 'lovely blend of styles,' but is marred by inconsistent narrative The movie title Stoker, left to stand alone for helmer Park Chan-wook’s and screenwriter Wentworth Miller’s psychological thriller, could be referring to numerous things, such as those connected to vampires, marijuana, or tandem bicycling, depending on one’s approach. The Dracula author is a relevant reference, but in Park's film the name Stoker is the surname of the family central to its narrative: mother, father, daughter, and uncle. (Pictured above: a striking closeup of Matthew Goode in Stoker.) Even so, Miller’s script attempts to come up with an identity that goes beyond family names to actual lineage -- in other words, to the core genetics of the family tree itself. Stoker tells us that some human traits, however dark, are part of our nature. That’s hardly an original thought, but in »

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