Lionsgate films has just released the first official trailer for the gritty crime-thriller Destroyer. putting an unfamiliar Nicole Kidman front and center. Destroyer is directed by Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Jennifer’s Body) and written by frequent collaborators Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Destroyer stars Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, and is scheduled to hit theatres December 25, 2018.
Our very own Jonathan Dehaan called Destroyer “a mostly by-the-books story of a cop with a score to settle, but there’s enough in the presentation of that format to surprise you. Kusama builds suspense and fear in this straight-forward police procedural as expertly as she has in each of her more horror-centric efforts. Nicole Kidman’s performance is intense and emotional, but it’s rarely anything more, and I wished I had been more surprised by her choices in the end. Though it doesn’t break the mold, Destroyer is a film that will surprise you with its explosive subtly“. You can read his full Fantastic Fest review HERE.
From the onset of the opening frames of the trailer, its immediate that the film’s narrative frontier like the snow laden landscape depicted, embodies a new presence. In this case, it’s Nicole Kidman, stripped of her “leading lady” sensibility; darkened and broken down. This is Kidman like we haven’t seen her before. Trudging through the snow of the opening trailer images as the soundsscape creates a sense of mystical journey, we’re stripped of the calm as we cut to reveal a much different Kidman. She sits in a bar speaking to her daughter as if she was Dirty Harry in family therapy. Her face is heavy with the burden of life and what seems to be too much time spent in that bar itself.
A cop shaped by a complicated history, she now faces the dangers of her undercover past and must confront her history in violent and direct fashion.With haunting visual beauty and a narrative that reimagines the context of the cop-noir genre, the film promises to re-imagine the anti-hero tale with ferocity. The trailer is really about Kidman and her transformation into a leather wearing cop with lifeless eyes and an affinity for violence. For someone who started her Hollywood career as the pop culture sidekick to a mega movie star, transforming into a fierce character actor, she has the ability to hold the screen and subvert expectations. In the end, the trailer does it job: it sells Kidman, and I’m ready to pay the price of admission.