Directed by Karyn Kusama, “Destroyer” follows Erin Bell (Kidman), an LAPD detective haunted by a gang-related undercover op gone bad years ago. When the leader of the gang (Toby Kebbell) reemerges, Erin is forced to confront her demons and those in her life she’s left behind. The film also stars Sebastian Stan as Erin’s former partner and love interest, Tatiana Maslany (blink and you’ll miss her manically laughing in a trunk in the trailer), Bradley Whitford and Scoot McNairy.
Burning with ferocity and fury, Kidman is virtually unrecognizable in the role, with a sun-baked face and a stiff brown wig that makes you think Erin just uses dry shampoo but probably hasn’t in a few weeks. She received raves for her performance coming out of film’s premiere at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, and is currently in 10th place in our Best Actress Oscar odds.
This would be Kidman’s fifth nomination, following her Best Actress triumph for “The Hours” (2002), lead bids for “Moulin Rouge!” (2001) and “Rabbit Hole” (2010), and a supporting nomination for “Lion” (2016). She’s also in the running this year for her supporting role in “Boy Erased” and is in seventh place there.
“Destroyer” opens Christmas Day.
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