DVD Review - Destroyer
Kidman stars as Erin Bell, a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. She's very rough and haggard. She's very grizzled. She seemingly spends too much time on the job and it's wasted her away. She's possibly an alcoholic, ailing or just perpetually hungover. People who work with her or around her don't seem to mind or give her a pass for some reason. Yet, they do call her accurately a drag, mainly because when she walks, she does so with a drag or kind of limp. She has a teenage daughter whom she doesn't have custody and there's probably a reason for that like some kind of substance abuse. It's obvious though that she's a very good detective, especially because she's willingly to cross the line to find out or get what she wants.
It's all basically an excuse to watch Kidman be a bad-ass. Her role in the action film Aquaman (2018), which preceded the release of this film by a week, beat this film to the punch. Kidman doesn't really do action films. There's action in Paddington (2015) and The Golden Compass (2007), but it's not as if we've really seen her lead a fight scene or a gun shootout, as she does here. This film not only has her defending herself from violence, but, in some scenes, she's leading or instigating the violence, again to find out or get what she wants. In that, this is a different side to Kidman as an actress. That alone makes this film one to watch because it's rare for a woman her age and frame to be given action-scenes or an action-fueled movie like this one. Male actors over 50 like Liam Neeson or Nicolas Cage are doing it, but it's not the case for women for the most part.
It becomes rather hollow in that regard. With no explanation for Erin or explanation for Chris, it makes their relationship rather hollow. The aesthetics are gritty, sun-soaked and sweaty. There's good action where Kidman is in the center of it. There's an exciting freneticism and energy to it, but there's a kind of hollowness to it where the aesthetics are superficially the only important thing. The film does try to fill in the hollowness somewhat.
Rated R for language, violence, sexual content and brief drug use.
Running Time: 2 hrs.
Available on DVD.