The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
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
Spotty crime drama with an effective Kidman performance
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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