Rent Destroyer (2018)

2.9 of 5 from 660 ratings
1h 56min
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Synopsis:
When veteran LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) receives an ink-marked bill in the office mail, she is forced to confront her past, and her connection to murderer and gang leader Silas (Toby Kebbell). Still haunted by an undercover FBI sting gone horribly wrong, Bell is flooded with painful memories of her old partner Chris (Sebastian Stan) and becomes hell bent on closing the case, whatever it takes.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Fred Berger, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Writers:
Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Studio:
Lionsgate Films
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/05/2019
Run Time:
116 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/05/2019
Run Time:
121 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (14) of Destroyer

Over acting ! - Destroyer review by AB

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07/07/2019

Sorry but i was really looking forward to this film . Nicole Kidman is not my favorite actor but usually in good films .. This was not a good film . Nicole seems to whisper her way through the film , if wasn't for the other characters i would of turned the film off. Not me I'm afraid .

5 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Strange slow burner - Destroyer review by AL

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08/07/2019

As is usual with me, I knew nothing about this film what so ever apart from it has Nicole Kidman in it.

I'm a big fan of Nicole's recent work she's in a ton of strange films playing some weird and wonderful characters and this is no different.

There is a certain realism to this film that is very refreshing, no elaborate glorified gun battles or fight scenes, people getting tired when running and people looking dog rough, good to see.

A slow burn film but kept my interest through out. Great acting as well as an interesting story. Not a must see film by any means but a good film worth a watch.

4 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

excellent - Destroyer review by si

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05/06/2019

A very enjoyable intelligent film..great acting.perfect casting.& brilliant cinemaphotography & director work.one not to miss 5stars !!

3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Entertainment value: more than zero, less than 1. - Destroyer review by DW

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27/10/2019

Rogue corrupt under-cover cop with mental & emotional problems goes out looking for revenge. Sound familiar?

Base-line film based on a generic story line, why did they bother to make it?

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Destroyer review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

There are at least a dozen moments within Destroyer where it’s astounding to just watch Nicole Kidman inhabit the role of an aged, damaged, and drifting detective. Her first scene features her staggering out of a car and stumbling her way into a crime scene. Miles are on her face and there’s a lethargic gaze in her face where every step feels like a chore. She’s a weary cop who thankfully turns in an amazing performance within a rather standard crime thriller.

Kidman plays LAPD detective Erin Bell, currently trying to track down a gang specializing in heists and murder. Her past is coming back to haunt her as she recalls a time when she more lucid, working undercover within a gang. As she tries to bust this latest batch of criminals committed to a heist, she’s reminded of how much her previous case damaged. Not just physically, made apparent by her much different face after being involved with a crime gone awry, but mentally when she realizes how easy it would be for someone younger to go down the same route that led to her darker life.

The case proceeds down the familiar route of one badass cop trying to defy the odds and rules to crack a case, albeit with an interesting edge of having Kidman in a role usually reserved for men. It’s rare to see an aged and grizzled female cop going out of her way to track down criminals. Perhaps one of the best moments features her visiting a power player played by Bradley Whitford to get some info out of him. When he refuses and she’s escorted out of his mansion, she proceeds to beat up his bodyguard and hold him at gunpoint in front of his kid.

Another great moment of grit features Kidman foiling a heist operation with two other cops, busting into the scene of a bank at gunpoint. Gunfire breaks out and its treated a real sense of urgency and intensity, more thrilling for the lack of any dialogue with the exception of orders. Most satisfying about this sequence is how it carries out into the streets with Kidman getting into a knock-down fight to save one criminal from ruining her life. These moments make the more degrading scenes, as when Kidman has to masturbate a former criminal for info, easier to digest.

The film goes about its story Erin Bell nonlinearly, cutting between her con days and tough cop days. This breaking up of the story helps to make the story more engaging to decipher considering there isn’t a whole lot present here that hasn’t delivered before in hardboiled tales of tough-as-nails cops. Erin’s early days are seen through a haze of layabouts who waste away their days talking about the corrupt government, playing video games and drinking beer. We don’t linger too long on these scenes and I’m all the more thankful considering how easily they can slip into 1960s slang revolution babble. The last thing I want to do with a film like this is question the era based on the street talk.

Destroyer is a film that is so flimsy with its writing that Kidman all but owns this film. She’s the best thing in it, she’s the most entertaining aspect, and she’s the only reason to ever see a film that borrows so liberally from a lot of tough cop movies.

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