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08 Jul 2013

Blu-Ray Review: Nicole Kidman Helps Make Chan-wook Park’s English-Language Debut a Success

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If you have seen any of director Chan-wook Park’s films (Oldboy, Thirst), you know he is one creative and tremendously sick bastard. Stoker is his English-language debut, and it’s just as deranged and disturbing as his prior offerings.

Mopey-faced Mia Wasikowska plays India, a girl just turned 18 who has lost her father (Dermot Mulroney) in a mysterious accident. Her mother (an excellent Nicole Kidman) invites India’s strange uncle (Matthew Goode) to stay at the house—and it slowly becomes apparent that he has a few “problems.”

The filmmaking is visually impeccable (some of the dissolves are mind-blowing), and the performances are solid. The story is a little too sleepy at times for me to rank this among Park’s best works, but this twisty film still has many memorable moments; here’s hoping Park has many more films to come.

Kidman reminds us why she’s an Oscar-winning actress with her work here. She hasn’t been this powerful in years, and I’m hoping this gets her back into the swing of things.

Special Features: There are plenty of making-of and behind-the-scenes docs to keep fans of the film busy. You also get deleted scenes and red-carpet footage.

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