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Destroyer (2018)

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A police detective reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make peace.

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Karyn Kusama

Writers:

Phil Hay (screenplay), Matt Manfredi (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Erin Bell
Toby Kebbell ... Silas
Tatiana Maslany ... Petra
Sebastian Stan ... Chris
Scoot McNairy ... Ethan
Bradley Whitford ... DiFranco
Toby Huss ... Gil Lawson
James Jordan ... Toby
Beau Knapp ... Jay
Jade Pettyjohn ... Shelby
Shamier Anderson ... Antonio
Zach Villa ... Arturo
Natalia Cordova-Buckley ... Det. Gavras
Colby French ... Det. Kudra
Kelvin Han Yee ... Lt. Oshima
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Storyline

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. Written by Annapurna Pictures

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You Can't Run From Yourself


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Rated R for language throughout, violence, some sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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30West,Automatik See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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While preparing for his role, Sebastian Stan met an FBI agent who was on the TV series, "Inside the FBI" in New York who gave him some tips. See more »

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Driven by Kusama's Brillaint Vision and Fueled by Kidman's Breathtaking Perfomence, Destroyer is a Classic in the Making
18 October 2018 | by Harun_KaraliSee all my reviews

Erin Bell was a detective that was pushed over the edge, broken by a sting gone terribly wrong. The story takes place in the disdainful background of Los Angeles, where criminals scatter away like cockroachs and thrive in the cracks of the Justice system. Destroyer is a slow-burning crime film that keeps you guessing. Masterfully helmed by Karyn Kusama and brilliantly pieced together by Plummy Tucker. It's odd that this film flew under so many people's radars, as it is one of the finest movies to come out this year. As good as the direction and Cinematography was, it's Kidman's perfomence that take's the cake, if she doesn't win an Oscar from this, she will have been robbed, as Kidman gives the perfomence of her career. Destroyer might very well be the biggest surprise to grace the silver screen this year. As excellent as this film is, the lack of pace might be a turn-off for some certian viewers, although the building tension will keep you white-knuckled and gasping for air. there are moments in the first half of the film where Kusama takes her feet of the gas pedal, in all fairness, it's to add depth to Kidman's character.

The less you know going into this the more you'll enjoy it, as the first half of the film unravels, you will be inclined to question Kusama's direction, but as she peels back the layers of the film you will recogonize the sheer talent that is behind this movie.

8.6 - Oscar worthy


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