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#TIFF18 Review: Destroyer

September 11, 2018

By John Corrado

★★½ (out of 4)

When rogue LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) starts investigating the reemergence of Silas (Toby Kebbell), the leader of a brutal California gang, she is forced to finally confront the past trauma of a sting operation gone wrong that involved her former partner Chris (Sebastian Stan).

Director Karyn Kusama manages to bring a strong enough sense of style to some of the set-pieces here, including a pair of well staged bank robberies, but for the most part, Destroyer is a pretty standard and somewhat bland crooked cop drama that takes a while to get where we pretty much already know it will end up. The film is anchored by a fine if somewhat overhyped performance from Nicole Kidman, who appears buried under prosthetics to make her face look haggard and worn.

Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) in Destroyer

Public Screenings:

Monday, September 10th – 9:30 PM at Winter Garden Theatre

Wednesday, September 12th – 1:30 PM at Elgin Theatre

Saturday, September 15th – 9:45 PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox

The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6th to 16th.

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