DESTROYER follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the gang’s remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.
Director Karyn Kusama breaks cinematic ground in DESTROYER with a detective who’s every bit as tough, brooding and brash as her male counterparts. Aided by Julie Kirkwood's arresting photography, Kusama guides us through streets and neighborhoods that feel as authentic as the complex, non-traditional characters that inhabit them.
“(Kidman is) playing exactly the type of character male actors have always made glamorous: the messed-up but dogged detective who always gets his man, who can take a gut-punch or three and keep on trucking.” —Sara Stewart, NY Post “But this is Kidman’s show. She neatly negotiates every twist the script throws at her, even when the plot slams into too many dead ends. This is a movie star who knows how to stay the course, mo matter how twisty, tangled or down and dirty it gets. She’s dynamite.” —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
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