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Blu-ray Review: Destroyer

May 7, 2019

By John Corrado

Starring Nicole Kidman under layers of prosthetics to make her appear haggard and worn, Destroyer is a crime drama that follows a rogue detective working for the LAPD who gets drawn back in to investigate a deadly crime ring, following the reemergence of their leader (Toby Kebbell). For more on the film itself, you can read my full review right here.

While I personally found it to be a bit frustrating overall, it’s not without some merits. Director Karyn Kusama brings a strong sense of style to some of the sequences, and it features a fine performance from Kidman, who received a Golden Globe nomination for the role, as well as solid supporting turns from Tatiana Maslaney, Sebastian Stan and Bradley Whitford, among others.

The Blu-ray includes a solid featurette on the production entitled Breakdown of an Anti-Hero: The Making of Destroyer which, at nineteen minutes long, offers a fairly in-depth look at the making of the film, from Kidman’s makeup to Julie Kirkman’s sun-drenched cinematography. There’s also a pair of commentary tracks, the first featuring Kusama and the second one with writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, as well as a gallery of still images.

Destroyer is an Elevation Pictures release. It’s 121 minutes and rated 14A.

Street Date: April 23rd, 2019

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