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Unmerciful in terms of destroyed life

Detective Erin Belle (Nicole Kidman) faces demons from the past, in a dramatic thriller

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Detective Erin Bel (Nicole Kidman) is confronted with the demons of the past, in the drama thriller "Destroyer".

Nicole Kidman is unrecognizable as police Erin Bel, barely noticed by mysterious trauma. Director Karin Kusama investigates the non-life in the affected police thriller "Destroier".

This year no woman has been nominated for the Best Director Award. One should not surprise anyone – after the revolutionary victory of Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2009, it happened only once, when Greta Gervig, the fifth woman ever, received the nomination "Ladi Bird" last year.

However, in 2018, it was a real year for directors. Linne Ramsay tokillad for "You've Never Been Here", while Debra Granik "Leave no trace" ended on many annual lists (including Barack Obama). Marielle Heller "Can you ever forgive me?" Actors Melissa McCarthy and Richard E Grant were their Oscar nominees, while the director was out there.

The one who seemed to have the best chance to determine the 2018 nomination was Karin Kusama, the director of the full-length play "Girlfight" (2000) and the dark comic horoscope "Jennifer's Bodies" (2009). Her new film "Destroier" is a stubborn policeman with an unforgettable central figure.

Nicole Kidman plays Erin Bell, a Los Angeles detective detective. The first time we meet her, she wakes up in her car, and her face – reddish eyes, cracked lips and parchment paper like the sun – testifies to the half-life of super and self-neglect.

Then suddenly the trail of the spirit of the past, from a secret work in the Californian desert, which he had so terribly wrong, suddenly raised and turned into a shadow of a man. Through retrospect, Cusama suppresses the trauma a little bit, while contemporary Erin attempts to verify her mistakes.

Nicole Kidman is magnificent in her broken and stubborn figure of the muzzle, a figure that is recognized by anxious policemen in the 70s (then always played by men) – it must be a wreck, but it does not support one inch in a sharp position. But not only Kidman is good, Kusama has drawn great efforts from all of his actors, from Bradley Witford and the chronic money launderer to Jade Pettijohn as Erinine's suppressed angry teenager Shelby. They play against a Los Angeles-based fund that almost feels post-apocalyptic.

"Destroyer" is a sharp movie, almost ruthless in its dismemberment of destroyed lives. And maybe this is the place where the key to Kusam was overlooked by the Oscar jury. Her film is not sung in any message that would encourage gallopers to like "Bohemian Rhapsody" or "Green Book". If that's what's needed, then the guys can have their Oscar in peace.



Genre: Dramatriller

In roles: Nicole Kidman, Sebastian Stan, Toby Kebbell

Director: Karin Kusama

Duration: 2 hours 3 minutes

Censorship: 15 years

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