Oscar winner Nicole Kidman captivates as a run-down investigator who gets the chance for late revenge in a tough neo-noir thriller.
17 years ago, the life of former FBI agent Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) has gone completely out of control. As a covert investigator Erin was with her partner (Sebastian Stan) infiltrate the gang of bank robbers Silas (Toby Kebbell). For months, Erin operates in the underground, giving everything to gather evidence against Silas. But the mission is becoming a fiasco and Erin is being demoted to the LAPD. Since then Erin is completely broken.
As a shadow of her former self, Erin completes the shifts at the LAPD. With the education of her 16-year-old daughter Shelby (Jade Pettyjohn) she is completely overwhelmed, to her ex-husband Ethan (Scoot McNairy) Erin has only rarely contact. Then Erin stumbles in the investigation into a murder case over a trail that could lead to Silas. When she sees her chance to finally take revenge, Erin loses all inhibitions and moves into a guerrilla war against the underworld of Los Angeles.
“Destroyer” – Backgrounds
Oscar winner Nicole Kidman transforms herself into a die-hard one-woman army in front of the camera for director Karyn Kusama (“The Invitation”). Anyone familiar with Kidman from recent films like The Tempted will surely rub his eyes when watching Destroyer. Already in “The Hours – From Eternity to Eternity” Kidman could shine with her ability to transform. In “Destroyer” she is hardly recognizable as a run-down, haggard and embittered policewoman.
Kusama stages Kidman’s astonishing transformation as a cop thriller, with some twists and a surprisingly tough pace. In the style of a neo-noir thriller, “Destroyer” plays on two levels of time that relate the past of Erin and their current revenge trip. The result was highly praised by the critics. At the Golden Globes 2019 Nicole Kidman was also nominated in the category Best Actress.