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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.

Director:

Karyn Kusama

Writers:

Phil Hay (screenplay), Matt Manfredi (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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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. See more »


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

Filmnegah.com (Persian)

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 2018 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Destroyer See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,347, 30 December 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$668,951, 21 January 2019
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Company Credits

Production Co:

30West, Automatik See more »
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Color:

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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References Super Chicken (1967) See more »

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Spotty crime drama with an effective Kidman performance
17 January 2019 | by gortxSee all my reviews

Karyn Kusama's crime drama follows a lot of familiar beats: The broken down drunken cop who has to confront a dark secret from their past. The beat partner who is left in the dark. The resentful ex. The bitter child who feels abandoned. That past catching up in the present. What keeps the movie above the ordinary is Nicole Kidman's performance as said cop. More that just 'Going ugly', Kidman drops her often icy veneer to play an officer on the ropes. She knows it, but she can never be whole again, no matter her efforts.

Tatiana Maslany is solid in a small, but, crucial role. The other supporting players are fine, even if they are mainly given stock parts to play. Much of the movie comes off as an extended pilot for a limited cable/streaming series. Too much of the distended runtime is given over to exposition with some scenes are edited in the loose manner of a TV series rather than a feature, with several dragging on well past the point of any plot or character development necessary. Theodore Shapiro's driving score tries its best to keep things moving, and Julie Kirkwood's cinematography adds some stylish moments. Despite its limitations, DESTROYER is decent drama which works mainly as a character piece. Some tightening and a few more original concepts would have made the whole equal to Kidman's performance.


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