Destroyer, 2018

30West & Annapurna Pictures

๐ƒ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ (laughing) with his face busted: “What is this, good cop, bad cop?โ€
๐‰๐š๐œ๐ค ๐‹๐ž๐ฐ๐ข๐ฌ: “Nah, Daniels, Bad Cop, Robocopโ€

Robocop, 2014

๐ท๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘ฆ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ does to ๐๐ข๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐ž ๐Š๐ข๐๐ฆ๐š๐ง what ๐‘€๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ, 2003 did to ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐ž ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐จ๐ง. But still, director ๐Š๐š๐ซ๐ฒ๐ง ๐Š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐š pulls her punches and Kidman, despite the director Kusama’s ๐พ๐‘ข๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘๐‘˜๐‘–๐‘Ž๐‘› reputation of beating them actors down, Kidman is let off easy in this grueling neo-noir crime film (not that she didn’t try but the script hardly holds up to the transformation of Kidman. And that perhaps, is why, the film crumbles under its own weight or lack thereof, which is comparable to the scheme of intention or state of affairs explored by ๐Œ๐ข๐ฅ๐š๐ง ๐Š๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐š in his book, The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Would man (or woman – hashtags scare me) be able to survive without the weight of life pressing down on his (or her – they petrify me) shoulders? The ๐•๐š๐ข๐ง๐š๐ค๐ก/๐‚๐ณ๐ž๐œ๐ก philosopher-writer is of the opinion that ๐ƒ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ฅ ๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ-๐‹๐ž๐ฐ๐ข๐ฌ cannot; there has to be something to motivate the character of ๐“๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ; keep him going (“Strip!”), in order to survive we must burden ourselves with the mundanity of it all to endure, to pull through all the way to the end of the glass that carries the milkshake.

Never have I watched Kidman give so much to a character, Dogville, 2003 could be an exception but then it was ๐ฏ๐จ๐ง-๐“๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ซ himself behind the camera and all over the minimalist set, a non-existent set.


Down on her luck and Afflicted by misfortune, brought upon by herself, Agent Bell; the world-weary undercover cop ๐„๐ซ๐ข๐ง ๐๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ, partners with ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ค๐ฒ to take down a gang of bank robbers (not half as cool as ๐๐จ๐๐ก๐ข’s gang) since the time they are mere teenagers; well the anti-aging CGI is such (on Kidman); re-conciliate with an estranged daughter, give a handjob to a man on his death bed and also hide the stash that belongs to ๐๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ฒ. The performances, especially that of Kidman, are uncompromising and unrecognizable, with our Hollywood A-lister as the central character, around whom the film is being composed.

A draining narrative that leaves a lasting impact; a feeling (which is quite common among the keen viewers) that what they just watched was something that is nothing short of an extremely intense picture that demands a whole lot from its players. And they deliver in their own ways. And this is one of those rare films where Kidman has decided to go all method to add to the characterโ€™s tough disposition. A skin specially put on for The Destroyer; rearranging the layers and letting the anguish inside rear its ugly head and it bloody well shows on the disheveled, needs more sleep, sunken dark eyes, worn out and knackered face, shattered by what she has to deal with on a daily basis.

Kasuma simply must watch Bad Lieutenant, 1992 or Mandy, 2018 by ๐€๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐…๐ž๐ซ๐ซ๐š๐ซ๐š & Panos ย Cosmatos, respectively and see what it is to deconstruct before an audience; watch as ๐‡๐š๐ซ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฒ ๐Š๐ž๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ rocks and sways buck naked into a room and empties a bottle of whiskey just because a nun was put through some nasty as heck shit, just like ๐๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐‚๐š๐ ๐ž in Mandy, 2018. And the nun forgives her tormentors but Keitel just can’t. It’s as personal to him as the face recognition feature on the iPhone 67.ย 

All Destroyer needs is some more conviction in “dragging an anchor“, “look like shitโ€; have a really loathsome, vicious, cruel, appalling series of events unfold and then back to the damn skateboard, this time with an almost perfect hardflip, all the way to the skis and dreaming of ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ค๐ฒ ๐๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ and vengeance on the man who started it all; ๐Œ๐ข๐œ๐ค๐ž๐ฒ ๐‘๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ค๐ž. That is an old running joke. If you are a regular, you will be on it sooner than later.

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