- 2 hr 3 min
Destroyer is a 2018 crime thriller directed by Karyn Kusama and starring Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, and Tatiana Maslany. The movie follows the story of Erin Bell, a former undercover detective who battles the demons of her troubled past to finally get her chance at redemption. Erin Bell, played by Nicole Kidman, is a retired LAPD detective who is haunted by her past. She is an alcoholic, depressed, and has a strained relationship with her teenage daughter, Shelby. She's rough around the edges, with scarred skin, greasy hair, and hardened features. Erin has always been a determined and well-respected cop, but her undercover work in a criminal gang she infiltrated years ago has left her damaged beyond repair. The past comes back to haunt her when a mysterious unmarked envelope with a $100 bill inside appears, and the handwriting on it is from a 16-year-old case she was involved in. This sets Erin on a path to seek answers and closure for the events that took place all those years ago, events that have shaped her into who she is today. As Erin probes deeper into the case, events from the past spill into the present, and she is forced to confront the people she has been trying to forget for years. The movie switches back and forth between the present day and Erin's time undercover in the gang, giving us insight into the events that led to her current state of being. We see her relationship with the leader of the gang, Silas (Toby Kebbell), who she has a complicated history with, and the younger version of herself, played by Tatiana Maslany, who is trying to befriend Silas and gain his trust. Erin's journey to unravel the truth and bring closure to her past is both intense and emotional. The film delves deep into her psyche, exploring her complicated relationship with her ex-partner, Chris (Sebastian Stan), and her estranged daughter, Shelby (Jade Pettyjohn). We see her slowly opening up to people and trying to come to terms with the events of her past life, however, it seems like the more truth she uncovers, the more pain it causes her. Kidman portrays the troubled and gritty character of Erin with incredible depth and nuance. She is transformed from the stunning, glamorous actress we all know, to a broken and unhinged detective. Her natural acting abilities make her performance feel powerful and raw, and the way she immerses herself in Erin's pain is exceptional. The movie's cinematography is as bleak and gritty as the characters themselves. The scenes are moody and tense, with an intense and ominous score that heightens the suspenseful moments. Destroyer is a dark and twisted tale of revenge, redemption, and regret. It's an intense ride that pulls you in and makes you feel the emotions that the characters on the screen are going through, all the way to its climactic finish. The film is unapologetically bleak, but Kusama's direction keeps it from ever becoming too heavy-handed. It's a thought-provoking and well-crafted movie that deserves recognition for its incredible storytelling and its outstanding performances.