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6.22 h 1 min2018X-Ray15
In Karyn Kusama’s riveting new crime thriller Destroyer, the receipt of an ink-marked bill in the office mail propels veteran LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) on a perilous journey to find the murderer and gang leader, Silas (Toby Kebbell), and perhaps to finally make peace with her tortured past.
Karyn Kusama
Nicole KidmanToby KebbellTatiana Maslany
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Scoot McNairyBradley WhitfordSebastian Stan
Fred BergerPhil HayMatt Manfredi
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3.8 out of 5 stars

968 global ratings

  1. 41% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 22% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 18% of reviews have 3 stars
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Mr L T.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 May 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kidman literally fires up the screen.
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First of please ignore the pointless poor reviews in this section, a low score and calling it terrible? At least explain!

I've been a huge fan of Nicole Kidman's ever since 2001 and even before then. For me she is one of the most versatile and powerful actresses to ever grace the big screen. Even Meryl Streep herself is a big fan and in awe of Kidman's talents. ''Destroyer'' Nicole's performance is exactly why she is an Oscar winning actress. She goes to those places that very few have past and present. The character Erin Bell portrayed by Kidman is easily one of her finest to date, very complex character. If you like a strong female lead, gorgeous cinematography and crime thrillers and appreciate the more arty types this is the film to see. I won't mention any spoilers, I'll just add that the ending as the film wrapped up, is one of those when it finishes, i was so in awe of what i just saw. I just sat there, thinking about the characters as the credits played. It stayed with me.

By the way It's not all action in every scene, there are certainly moments. Some with poor attention spans might call it slow, but i personally wouldn't. I was blown away by the acting, the cinematography, the score. Great work from the director. One thing i will add is, the flashback scenes aren't confusing at all, again people with poor attention spans! Nicole's appearance in the present day should be a big help. It's not rocket science people.

Please give this film a chance and support it. Smaller films like this although they have critical appreciation, they deserve to be seen way more . We need more films like this. This, Toni Collette in ''Hereditary'' and Tilda Swinton in ''Suspiria'' have been a godsend for contemporary cinema. Some of those films may have flaws, but the performances from the female leads are just astonishing. We need more of that.

Back to Kidman, she received a well deserved Golden Globe nomination for her performance in ''Destroyer'' she's unrecognisable. I've seen a lot of comparisons to Charlize Theron's ''Monster'', but let's not forget Kidman in ''The Hours''. By a nose! As a huge fan of Nicole's, i have to mention in most of my reviews her performance in ''Birth'' it's my personal favourite. Misunderstood at the time. She's incredible in it please keep and open mind and see it!
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rbmusicman/and/movie-fan'Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 May 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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When LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) receives a package containing a $100 dollar bill stained with purple dye she realises that a ghost from the past bank-robber and killer Silas (Toby Kebbell) was again active.
Memories Erin had been trying to forget partly by overindulging in alcohol consumption come flooding back.
16 years ago she had been involved in an undercover operation along with colleague Chris (Sebastian Stan) to bring down Silas's gang.
Since that time haunted by memories, she'd tried to forget Erin has not paid enough attention to her teenage daughter Shelby (Jade Pettyjohn) who was now seemingly out of control.
Now, at great personal risk, she single-handedly sets out to track down Silas by visiting old gang members to try and locate his whereabouts.
To explain her present state of mind and her reasons for her lone quest the film alongside present time tells of her time undercover all those years ago.
Erin's search will not be without it's consequences and cost to the Detective, however the need for closure
is of paramount importance to her.
A gritty no-nonsense and absorbing crime-drama that will hold your attention throughout in my opinion.
The film harbouring an outstanding performance from Nicole Kidman (this one of her best I feel)
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BijouxReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 August 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Weirdly weird
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So, the main problem with this film, aside from the paper thin plot, is the absolute weirdness of main actor Nicole Kidman. Aside from being skeletally thin - which she may have done for character reasons of course - she cannot move her face, at all, due to cosmetic procedures. Not even slightly. This of course is her choice as a person, but as an actor it's a disaster. Whilst trying to act the part of a desperate, traumatised detective with a wrecked family going after her arch nemesis, the villain who ruined her life, Kidman goes for anti-glam but ends up looking and behaving like a stroke victim on Valium. Its bizarre to watch, as are the flashbacks to her younger, hippified self who whilst smoother looking and with longer hair, also cannot move a muscle in her face. This gives the whole film a surreal, emotionless quality that together with the dragging editing, means this is a definite Avoid Unless Desperate.
7 people found this helpful
Mike SmithReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 August 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kidman outstanding, but this is not an action movie!
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Can't believe the hate for this film. Only thing I can guess is that people went in expecting Kidman to look super hot, and for it to be like Heat. It's not a heist movie, it's a character driven movie, and the design, wardrobe and all the little details, including her broken dirty appearance are all deliberate choices. A great movie that benefits from its pacing, and occasional dream like quality, and Kidman is outstanding, one of her best performances ever.

The action sequences, and those moments where Bell becomes unhinged are all the more intense from the depth of character delivered in the acting. Go in with your eyes and mind open, and you will enjoy the film.
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Legal VampireReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 September 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great Performance, Grim Film
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Great performance by Nicole Kidman in a grim film. There are some good, some bad and some ugly things to emphasize about it.

The Good:
-Nicole Kidman's skillful acting in the central role. Her gloomy, middle-aged detective character, Erin, is a World away from other roles she has played, showing her versatility as an actress.
-The skilled way that make-up, prosthetics and costume, as well as her acting, make Nicole look so different in this role it is hard to be sure it is her. Astonishing to think that this is the same person who once starred in the colourful, elegant fantasy of 19th Century Paris 'Moulin Rouge' or who more recently played the real life news presenter Gretchen Carlson in 'Bombshell'.

The Bad:
-Grim, bleak tone and story, not really enjoyable to watch. The kind of thing that critics tell us we ought to like but audiences mostly don't.
-I realised only after watching this film that the Director Karyn Kusama and scriptwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are the same team who are to blame for the disappointing 'Aeon Flux' that wasted Charlize Theron's considerable talent and energy some years ago.

The Ugly:
-Violent and also crude, not just in the language but occasionally sexually explicit without being at all sexy. As another reviewer said, although rated '15', an '18' Certificate seems more suitable. I can't see too many 15 year olds enjoying this depressing 'art' film pretending to be a thriller.
J. McDonaldReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 March 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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A performance high in Nicole Kidman`s career; she's virtually unrecognisable in this gritty crime drama in which she plays a seemingly burnt-out LAPD detective working on a case that has re-emerged from her early years; there's a lot of flashbacks revealing her undercover FBI work, and it's only gradually revealed how this has affected her life; the closing scenes are incredibly powerful and moving.
Kidman really carries the film, which is intelligently put together but requires some equally diligent concentration from the viewer – something some reviewers here have clearly been unable to supply.
The musical score by Theodore Shapiro deserves a mention; relatively unobtrusive throughout, it really kicks in during the final sequences.
A powerful and impressive film – have the good sense to watch it for yourself, more than once if you can - and ignore the negative reviews on this page.
The standard UK DVD release has no extras (a real shame in this case); English subtitles are available if required.
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TJ RamsbottomReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Instant classic detective noir
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I loved every single second of Destroyer. If you like hard boiled detective movies (technically it's neo-noir) then you'll love this.

Its gritty L.A. setting & damaged female cop reminded me of True Detective season 2 but it also made me think of the underrated Out of Blue, though that veered more towards Lynchian nightcrawling rather than the scorched daylight that features so heavily in Destroyer.

Nicole Kidman is almost unrecognisable as the gaunt, shuffling Erin who will stop at nothing to get revenge. Think Mel Gibson in Payback but without the gags and, well, a woman. There's a dash of Point Break here (masked bank robbers), a pinch of Heat there (a sudden shootout) but director Karyn Kusama makes it all seem fresh.

It was warmly received by critics but not the public. I cynically wonder if it would have performed better at the box office with a male lead, but then it wouldn't have had the edge that Kidman brings.

I'm late to the party but I'd say Destroyer is one of the best films of 2019. The acting, cinematography, score, locations, plot are all terrific. But a note on the blu-ray: it has NONE of the extras featured on the US release. I would have loved to hear the director's commentary. This really annoys me.
Terence HarwoodReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 August 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
One of the ten worst films ever!!!
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One of the worst films I have ever seen with a very muddled plot which gave one the sense the director didn't have a clue on how to tell a story. In fact the story was very, very badly told and directed. Kidman, who I have always rated as a great actress, was totally wrong for this part, mumbling incoherently for most of the time. I doubt she will want this film rated on her future CV. It was never made clear whether she was drunk or brain damaged throughout the film and God knows how she would have been allowed to continue in the police force. The relationship between her and her daughter was never fully explained and the last scene in the snow added nothing. Sorry but In a nutshell the film was a waste of time and money.
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