After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Thomas Bo Larsen,
A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident. The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken somberness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie (Nicole Kidman), India thinks the void left by her father's death is finally being filled by his closest bloodline. Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives. Yet instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless young woman becomes increasingly infatuated with him. Written by
Fox Searchlight Pictures
(at around 1 hour 20 mins) When the sheriff is leaving the house, India and Charles say, "Goodbye Sheriff," and India's hair changes from neat to disheveled between shots. See more »
My ears hear what others cannot hear; small faraway things people cannot normally see are visible to me. These senses are the fruits of a lifetime of longing, longing to be rescued, to be completed. Just as the skirt needs the wind to billow, I'm not formed by things that are of myself alone. I wear my father's belt tied around my mother's blouse, and shoes which are from my uncle. This is me. Just as a flower does not choose its color, we are not responsible for what we have come ...
See more »
The credits scroll from top to bottom of the screen, rather than bottom to top, like in most scrolling end credits. See more »
Not nearly as bloody but more provocative than expected
Park Chan-wook has proved himself to be Korea's version of Quentin Tarantino. With a slew of acclaimed films under his belt (Thirst, Lady Vengeance) including a revenge cult classic (Oldboy), he is no stranger to the violent and macabre. Stoker, his first English-language film, is a bit more on the tamer side, but by far his most intellectual and thought-provoking work.
The story revolves around an 18-year-old India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska), whose father has passed away in a bizarre car wreck. His wife, played by Nicole Kidman, arranges for her mysterious brother-in-law Charlie (Matthew Goode) to stay with the family in order to help them cope. India is skeptical of her uncle whom she barley knows, and grows more suspicious when rumors float around saying that he is sleeping with her own mom. To say anything more at this point would be spoiling the mystery behind this elusive family who all have their fair share of skeletons in the closet.
At its heart, Stoker is a psychological thriller, and the best kind you can ask for. The limited amount of characters and slow pacing of the movie give the audience time to reflect and peer into the minds of the Stoker family.
The film is beautifully shot with eerie accompanying music composed by Clint Mansel. Though it lacks the blood and carnage of previous movies directed by Park, Stoker is one of the best films of its genre I have seen.
It is a suspenseful ride with more twists than your typical roller-coaster including an ending that blew me away. I loved every minute of it.
134 of 194 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?