Stoker (2013)

Stoker is a Hitchcock-style shocking thriller – about a strange family in strange circumstances. A different approach than conventional thriller cinema is needed to tell a such a story. Park Chan does justice to that – his eye for detail is remarkable.

Story begins when a “weird” 18 years old girl – India (Mia Wasikowska) – loses her father in a mysterious accident that left him burned in his car. She is emotionally distant from her alcoholic mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). They are joined by India’s uncle – Charlie (Matthew Goode) whom India has never heard of.

Other than winning his mother’s affection Charlie is more interested winning India’s trust. People start to disappear – from the housekeeper to a distant aunt. Soon the plot starts twisting and doesn’t stop till the end.

Even with an interesting plot and amazing talent (on and off-screen); the film was too long and boring. There is not enough substance in the script to support Park’s style of cinematography and the visuals can get irritating at times.

The film could have done better with the shock element if it was paced faster but even for that it would need a better script.

I Can’t Wait to Watch Life Tear You Apart

No, thank you.

If you don’t mind a slow paced thriller with lack of substance, brilliant visuals and interesting plot – the film might just work for you.