Kidman a dark, gaunt avenger who’s no angel
Nicole Kidman’s performance in Destroyer may haunt you. Boundless remorse and an unslakable thirst for vengeance.
These are the two primal forces driving police officer Erin Bell, twin engines that have pared her body (and soul) to the bare minimum, leaving her a dessicated shell of a woman. It is an astonishing performance by Nicole Kidman that shows she’s the peak of her skills.
It is a performance that transforms Destroyer into a searing and compelling filmnoir masterpiece. Kidman’s performance and the film itself will leave your mouth dry and make your bones ache. It may even haunt your dreams for a time.
The film opens with Bell (a nearly unrecognizable Kidman, as lean and mangy as a stray dog) attending a crime scene where the other officers regard her and draw back with an almost instinctual fear and loathing. The victim’s body and a subsequent clue — a stained $100 bill — take Bell back to a tragic episode from her past while reigniting a lust for retribution against an old adversary that has dominated her life since.
With little regard for the rules, Bell sets out on a relentless campaign to track down those who can bring her face to face with Silas (Toby Kebbell), a nearly messianic bank robber who stole everything from her when a heist went bad so many years earlier, everything except a daughter she has struggled to raise.