Monday, September 16, 2013

Stoker - DVD Review

Starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Jacki Weaver, Dermot Mulroney, Phyllis Somerville, Alden Ehrenreich and Lucas Till.
Directed by Chan-wook Park.


Stylish thriller that keeps the viewer off-kilter until it ramps up to its inevitable end. It's the first English-language film from accalimed director Chan-wook Park, but it still has a very Korean flavor to it, particularly Mia Wasikowska as the drab protagonist India, a blank-staring girl trying to compute why the adults around her are all so weird.

After her father (Dermot Mulroney) dies, her long-lost uncle Charles (Watchmen's Matthew Goode) shows up to comfort her mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman).  There's something off about Charles, but he's very compelling. He's been travelling for years and yet his own brother wouldn't allow him to visit.  Now why would that be?  Hint: people start dying.

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