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.
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 .
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.
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To be clear it’s much more a drama than an action movie
- Destroyer review by RL
Wonderful, someone has actually employed decent script writers for a change; has assumed the audience has more than the attention span of a goldfish and can cope with a cleverly revealed, non linear narrative; has not used shaky cam, hyperkinetic cutting nor cgi and has hired good actors to bring the characters to life. In the current days of Marvel and Disney I had almost given up hope. A proper film for adults. Well done.
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.
Thought I'd enjoy it more than I did!
- Destroyer review by CR
To be perfectly honest I found Nicole Kidman's excessive make up (and/or prosthetics and wig) actually very distracting. For me it lent a sense of 'artifice' to the proceedings which went against its 'gritty & real' film style.
I admired the movie much more than I liked it. Ho-hum!
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Entertainment value: more than zero, less than 1.
- Destroyer review by DW
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?
Some good parts do not make up for the dreary nature of this film which keeps flitting from the present to previous times. Excellent performance from Nicole Kidman, but for me the film was at least 25 minutes too long!
Disappointing thriller, I expected more as I always rate Kidman and am a sucker for bent cop films. This was turgid and depressing . No one to root for. Denzel Washington’s extraordinary performance in Training Day saved that film, unfortunately Nicole wasn’t strong enough to turn this around
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Unconvincing downbeat character study
- Destroyer review by Alphaville
Positive reviews of this film have focussed on Nicole Kidman’s “brave” performance as a downbeat detective in search of a murderer. Why brave? Because she wears no make-up. Wow! What an actress will do for her art! But focussing on her sullen face as she sits in her car and stares into space soon palls. The plot is painfully slow and is stalled even further by numerous flashbacks to a connected case 18 years ago (always a sign there’s something wrong with the script).
The title makes it sound as though Nicole’s going around on a vengeful killing spree, but instead we get a series of conversational vignettes with passing characters. There’s even a cliché of a subplot with her stroppy teenage daughter, which is best fast-forwarded. The narrative is so badly structured that the flashbacks build to a bank heist whose outcome we already know. The ending in the present is an even worse damp squib, deliberately devoid of thrills. Halfway through, there’s a well-shot bank heist that shows what the film could have been, otherwise it’s a long 2hr haul.