• Destroyer (2018)

Destroyer

Release Date: December 25th, 2018

DVD Release Date: April 23rd, 2019

R |2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary

As a young cop, Erin Bell went under cover to infiltrate a gang in the California desert -- with tragic results. Bell continues to work as a detective for the Los Angeles Police Department, but feelings of anger and remorse leave her worn-down and consumed by guilt. When the leader of that gang suddenly re-emerges, Erin embarks on an obsessive quest to find his former associates, bring him to justice and make peace with her tortured past.

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, Scoot McNairy, Bradley Whitford, Toby Huss, James Jordan

Director: Karyn Kusama

Genres: Thriller , Crime drama

Production Co: Automatik Entertainment

Keywords: Rivalry, Revenge, Brash, Intense, Murder, Gripping, Pursuit, 2010s, Police station, Transformation, Police officer

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    Buried in makeup that accentuates her character’s hard-luck existence, Nicole Kidman brings such compelling conviction to her role as a tormented detective that she single handedly imbues the film with urgency and authenticity. That proves crucial, since director Karyn Kusama often miscalculates Destroyer’s sense of its own profundity. show more

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The good news about the production is that Ms. Kidman gives a formidable performance in what’s essentially a classic noir thriller reconceived, with a woman at its center, and Ms. Kusama’s direction is superb. (Julie Kirkwood did the stylish cinematography.) The bad news concerns tone, or emotional weather. The film is intentionally dark, but it’s also almost ceaselessly grim. show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    As ambitious and sometimes unsettling as it is, the film, after crossing back and forth over the line many times, ultimately feels affected in its aspirations toward making some profound statement about self-abasement and sacrifice, making one feel like rejecting the whole thing despite some striking individual moments. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama