“DE­STROYER”

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv -

Ni­cole Kid­man un­der­takes one of the most dras­tic im­age changes of her ca­reer by play­ing it tough – so tough, her hus­band Keith Ur­ban told us he was some­what afraid of her dur­ing the film­ing – in di­rec­tor Karyn Kusama’s (“Girl­fight”) ef­fec­tive, un­der­rated melo­drama. The ac­tress por­trays a Los An­ge­les po­lice de­tec­tive strug­gling to over­come her tragic per­sonal and pro­fes­sional pasts as they play into her cur­rent case. Se­bas­tian Stan, Toby Kebbell, Ta­tiana Maslany (“Or­phan Black”), Bradley Whit­ford and Scoot McNairy also ap­pear, but this ab­so­lutely is the im­pres­sively hard­edged Kid­man’s show. DVD ex­tras: “mak­ing-of” doc­u­men­tary; au­dio com­men­tary by Kusama and writer-pro­duc­ers Phil Hay and Matt Man­fredi; photo gallery. ★★★ (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand)

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