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Stoker
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07.16.2013 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Park Chan-wook

Actors:
Mia Wasikowska
Nicole Kidman
Matthew Goode

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After the family patriarch dies suddenly, teenager India (Wasikowska) and her mother (Kidman) are visited by an uncle (Goode) she never knew existed.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
A woman screams: “Richard! No!” Cut to a funeral, where the man’s daughter, India (Mia Wasikowska), and wife, Evelyn (Nicole Kidman), mourn their loss. It’s there that they first encounter Charlie (Matthew Goode), a man claiming to be Richard’s brother. Anyone who has seen Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt knows that a visiting relative named Charlie is not a good omen.

Evenlyn is grateful but India is suspicious, a position that is justified when it turns out Charlie was the last one to speak to an employee (Phyllis Somerville) before she disappeared. And let’s just say that India’s wary great aunt (Jackie Weaver) doesn’t stay in the picture too longer, either.

Stoker is Prison Break star Wentworth Miller’s screenwriting debut and Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut, after two decades working in his native South Korea. But it could have been in Pig Latin and it still would have made us uneasy throughout. Stoker is unnerving in its pace, tone and how the metronome’s ticks seem to count down the seconds until the worst will come.

At times, Stoker may come off as stiff, as all of these leads play their roles partly subdued and in quiet delivery. But this adds to the feel of the film, particular the first half when so much is suspected but never clearly answered. The second half switches gears a bit, adding in a sexual layer that will no doubt disturb many viewers and a touch of the violence that Park Chan-wook has made a trademark.

THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes (10:01): There are three here, which can be viewed separately or as a whole. They are: “First Conversation on the Stairs,” “Auntie Gin’s Arrival,” and “Charlie’s Death (Temp VFX).”

Stoker: A Filmmaker’s Journey (27:50): This featurette traces the making of Stoker, with interviewees (including producer Michael Costigan, director Park Chan-wook and the primary cast) commenting on the style, the screenplay and more.

Photography by Mary Ellen Mark compiles photographs from the set of Stoker.

London Theatre Design offers pictures from a theater decorated in the style of Stoker.

Theatrical Behind the Scenes is divided into five sections: The Making of the International Limited Edition Poster (2:55), Mysterious Characters (3:33), Director’s Vision (3:28), Designing the Look (3:02), and Creating the Music (2:39).

Red Carpet Premiere: This section offers Red Carpet Footage (15:37) and a “Becomes the Color” by Emily Wells Performance (4:46).

Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots round out the special features.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut is a moody horror-thriller that gets its spooky atmosphere from a delicate pace and unnerving performances from its three leads. Special features include a making-of featurette, deleted scenes and red carpet footage.
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10:58AM on 07/16/2013
I agree about the acting (surprisingly excellent) and the stylish, moody direction. But the ending, with it's clichéd as hell and stereotypical big reveal, turned this into a lame, sadly predictable affair. So close, yet so, so far.
I agree about the acting (surprisingly excellent) and the stylish, moody direction. But the ending, with it's clichéd as hell and stereotypical big reveal, turned this into a lame, sadly predictable affair. So close, yet so, so far.
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