Excerpt: India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) is a loner, an outcast, a teenager who prefers to spend time alone or with her father, but on her 18th birthday, her father dies in a tragic car accident, leaving India alone with her already unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). Then her father's brother Charles (Matthew Goode) shows up for reasons that are unclear and strange things start happening around India.
Summary: The true shining star in the film is the performance of Mia Wasikowska as India. She sells the morbid girl to a very chilling degree. She’s able to sell the mood, and that makes everything all that more disturbing. There’s not an ounce of the real actress here. She’s sold completely to the reel character and never gives us a second of relief. That in itself only helps to feed the disturbing feeling you get.
Conclusion: There’s no denying that this is a spectacular A/V presentation along with a haunting and sometimes beautiful story in Stoker , but I can’t help feeling like I should put a disclaimer on this one that’s it not for everyone. Indeed, this may not be your cup of tea. For anyone that’s a fan, this is a NO-BRAINER MUST-BUY Blu-ray release. For all others possibly curious in the title, I’d encourage you to give this one a rental first if at all possible.
Excerpt: In a movie fraught with dichotomies, a mother and daughter vie for the attention mysterious uncle who is both sinister and smooth. The film is as stylish as the story is twisted. Unfortunately, the more macabre the plot becomes, the more predictable the next development is. The initially promising premise reveals itself as shallow. "Stoker" is visually stunning, almost gothic in style as is hinted at in the title, although the setting is modern day.
Excerpt: Den sydkoreanske regissören Park Chan-Wook har gjort sig känd för utstuderat vackra och grafiskt våldsamma filmer som ”Hämnarens resa” och ”Old boy”. Men det som har gjort dem intressanta är att våldet och dess estetik aldrig har känts spekulativt. Under ytan har det funnits mänsklighet; karaktärsutveckling där våld har varit en avgörande ingrediens.