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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters are motivated primarily by revenge, although the main character does show an inclination toward sacrifice so that others can prevail.
Positive Role Models
Although Erin Bell is a fascinating, fully rounded character, she's far from a role model. She's reckless, bent on revenge.
Violence & Scariness
Dead bodies. Guns and shooting. Characters are shot and killed. Dangerous Russian roulette-style gun play. Main character is beaten up by bodyguards; she hits one of them back with a blunt object. Bloody wounds, face. Broken teeth. Bruises. Car crash. Bank robbery. Yelling, fighting, stomping.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Main character uses her hand to sexually stimulate a man. Graphic sex talk. Kissing between teens/young people. Main character kisses someone; he touches her crotch.
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Uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "c--t," "d--k," "bitch," "ass," "goddamn," "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation). Middle-finger gesture.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink heavily in a bar. Cocaine snorting, smoking. Underage teen in bar. Minor character appears to be a drug addict.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Destroyer is a crime drama starring Nicole Kidman as a former undercover police detective whose past comes back to haunt her. It's very smart and intricately designed, but it's also very dark and rooted in revenge, with adult themes and no clear takeaways. Violence is strong, with guns and shooting, dead bodies, fighting/beating, bloody wounds, car crashes, a violent bank robbery, and a dangerous Russian roulette-style gun game. There's also fairly graphic sexual material (the main female sexually stimulates a man with her hand), as well as kissing and touching. Language includes uses of "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "a--hole," "bitch," and more. Characters drink heavily, smoking is shown, and a supporting character is a drug addict (cocaine). An underage teen is found in a bar. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Driven by Kidman's forceful, demolishing performance and a deliriously complex, snaky screenplay, this mature, intricately designed crime drama is more memorable and more haunting than most. Directed by Karyn Kusama and co-written by her husband, Phil Hay, and his writing partner, Matt Manfredi (they all made the excellent thriller The Invitation), Destroyer is an awards-season showcase for Kidman's talents. She ages from the glow of youth to a shambling wreck, her face hardened, her narrow eyes reflecting agony and suspicion. It's an astonishing piece of work -- and, refreshingly, it's not all the film has to offer. Kidman is supported by, and part of, an equally impressive movie.
Destroyer has plenty of secrets, and it'd be a shame to give any of them away, but it's safe to expect many moments of gnashing suspense and gripping bittersweet. The movie's use of light and shadow turns Los Angeles into a modern world of film noir, from desolate, graffiti-tagged slabs of buildings to a slash of diagonal shadow under the bridge where Erin first appears. The intense sound design grabs everyday noises and twists them into a cacophony. And when it's not moving the plot forward and/or generating suspense and mystery, the movie zeroes in on Erin's character, her painful attempts to connect with her daughter, and the heartbreaking story of how she simply lost everything. Destroyer is a dark film, and it's not for casual viewing, but it is unforgettable.
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