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5.8
/10
279 Ratings

Destroyer

Directed by Karyn Kusama
United States, 2018
Thriller, Crime, Drama

Synopsis

LAPD detective Erin Bell is still reeling from the trauma of a failed undercover operation when signs indicate that her enemy has re-emerged, forcing her to confront her demons. Reluctantly delving back into the painful facts of the investigation, she goes in search of the remaining gang members.

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Destroyer Directed by Karyn Kusama

Awards & Festivals

BFI London Film Festival

2018 | Competition

Golden Globes (USA)

2019 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress - Drama

As Destroyer tries to humanize Bell’s plight, it conversely becomes more false, culminating with an ending so dire and obvious that one tends to forget it’s a Memento-sized rip off of better material.
January 15, 2019
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While the wayward methods of Dirty Harry and the rest are accepted as simple character trait, a female detective’s rebellious attitude often stems from some past trauma. . . . In that regard, Kidman’s cop in Destroyer represents a leap forward. “Don’t make excuses for what you want. It’s weak,” she says, and the realisation that she behaved as she did simply because she wanted to is chilling.
September 14, 2018
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Kusama is still figuring out how to balance form and pulp, but she has a singular unapologetic idea about what women can and cannot do onscreen, one she lets rip with verve and her superbly unbound star.
December 24, 2018
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