In 1994 Quentin Tarantino introduced a whole new way to tell a story, by starting at the end and then filling in all the blanks with flashbacks in a circular order and then doubling back to where the movie began. Over the years I have seen a number of movies that have tried to tell a story this way and most of them have failed. The new movie “Destroyer” starring Nicole Kidman has successfully used this highly unusual story telling method; not as well as Pulp Fiction but well enough to make the movie both engrossing and understandable.
As far as the acting, you have to admire Nicole Kidman for taking this role because not only does she not wear any makeup, but she is made to look like she is a disaster of a person who has not slept in weeks and might be close to suicide. As the story unfolds her appearance becomes more and more understandable due to an undercover assignment with a fellow police officer that goes in a very bad direction. Kidman probably took this role to enhance her acting ability and perhaps hoped for an Academy Award nomination, but unfortunately the film itself is not strong enough for the highest movie awards.
The Rotten Tomatoes ratings for Destroyer are an average 72% and due to some of the flaws in the story that is slow in some areas, I would give this movie around a 75% rating and give it a solid recommendation.