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4.0 out of 5 stars `Stoker' is made by a confident and gifted film-maker, who manages to turn an average film into a striking and watchable one
South Korean director Park Chan-Wook makes his American debut with `Stoker', a story of 18 year old India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) coming to terms with the loss of her father Richard (Dermot Mulroney). Evie (Nicole Kidman) has not been the best mother to her so far, India's emotional future doesn't look promising.

India was always daddy's girl, regularly going...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange fruit
Korean auteur Park Chan-wook directs this enigmatic murder-mystery starring Nicole Kidman as the recently bereaved mother of sensitive teenage beauty India (Mia Wasiskowsa). India has just turned eighteen, and her closeness to her father means that his death (in a horrific car accident) hits her particularly hard. When her father’s younger brother Charlie – a...
Published 8 months ago by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth


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2.0 out of 5 stars Murderous uncles, 31 Oct 2014
This review is from: Stoker [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Fascinating, frequently stunning art-house cinematography -- three excellent actors -- but incredibly trashy script: cliche-ridden, thoughtless, mindless, absurd. An insult to the intelligence -- and to Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt, which appears to have 'inspired' Stoker. (In both films there are nefarious uncles called called 'Charlie' whose nieces are infatuated with them.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird but okay..., 24 Nov 2014
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Can I just use three words to describe it?

It certainly held my interest. It's one of those films that leave you bereft at the end but you're not quite sure why. Brilliant acting from Mia.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Good to Great, 6 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Stoker [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Okay, so I am approaching this review as a huge Park Chan-Wook fan and also with an immense sense of loyal relief that 'Stoker' (Park's English language debut as you no doubt know) has thankfully delivered the goods big time.

...Seriously though...can this guy direct or what!?

After watching 'Stoker' recently it struck me that 'not a lot happens' and that actually the adapted story is a fairly unspectacular one. Without wanting to sound anti-Hollywood, in less skilled hands this film could have been a bit of a bore. Throw in Park's trademark precision, a hatful of clever symbolism, stunning cinematography and his usual flirtations with the surreal and you have the complete package.

The acting was excellent; particularly from Mia Wasikowska although I thought this was also Nicole Kidman's strongest performance for some time too - as others have mentioned the musical score is typically excellent as well.

One observation of 'Stoker' is that it's more measured and reserved than say 'Oldboy' or 'Thirst'. I was expecting the usual 'squirm' moments and plenty of violence and whilst there are a couple of such scenes they are (probably with Hollywood in mind) not in the same league as say, eating live Octopus! In fairness this is a good move by Park who shows he can adapt as needed.

I won't go into the storyline as it's all been said before, but in summary 'Stoker' is a good film made great by a true master of his film-making profession.

Enjoy!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lesser work from the director, but a relative masterpiece for east-west crossovers, 4 Mar 2013
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Rob Simpson "noframeof" (Middlesbrough, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Stoker (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2013] (Blu-ray)
The camera work, sound editing and editing at large in this film is about as good as you could expect from a director renowned for such things, like Park Chan-Wook is. Some of the transitions are beyond mere superlatives. The acting is a notable strength too, with Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode carrying with the film with their eyes, these two people say a lot with very little and its all done through their eyes. There's acting and the technical stuff, the least interesting aspect was the story, especially the final act. From the moment India discovers what her key opens the film all but looses its way. Even before that, it is a simple coming of age tale interspersed with sexual content and violence, it's nothing you haven't seen before. As far as Asian directors making the transcontinental leap its a masterpiece, but in the grander scheme it's lesser Park Chan-Wook. I'd probably say it's his worst full length feature. If you must get it, it needs to be owned on blu-ray it'll be eye-bleedingly handsome on that format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Aug 2014
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i think this movie is excellent,from camera shots,editing,sound,plot & twists.highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cold and Lifeless, 23 Mar 2014
This review is from: Stoker [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Not my cup of tea at all, I'm afraid. Flashy, tedious, 'clever' and utterly uninvolving, unpleasant characters. Style over substance. Some will like its weirdness but there's good weird and bad weird. This is the latter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a 94.....The year you were born., 15 Jan 2014
This review is from: Stoker (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2013] (Blu-ray)
India was not prepared to lose her father and best friend in a tragic accident.

The solitude of her family estate, the peace of her town, and the somber feel of her home life is suddenly upended by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie, whom she never knew existed.

When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother, India thinks the void left by her father's death is finally being filled by him.

Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives.

Yet instead of being vexed, she becomes increasingly infatuated with him...

Miller has written a cracking story, and a terrific script, but the problem with this film is that it could have been at least 30 minutes longer to flesh out ore characters and see India spend more time with family.

The audience are kept at arms length from the three Stokers, and it feels like we only get a brief glimpse of the madness.

Other than this, the cast are fantastic, Goode overplays the staring 'is there something wrong with him?' act a little too much, and almost comes across like David in A.I.

Kidman has never been better, playing a character almost as cold as her house, but Wasikowska is fantastic as India, a sort of hybrid of all troubled teens seen in some other movies. Think Thirteen meets Carrie, by way of the recent Excision, and you get an idea of India.

She's not particularly strange by any means, but the arrival of Charlie sparks something off in her, maybe psychological, maybe genetic.

It's beautiful to look at, the mise en scene adds to the tension of the movie, and it has a fifties feel to it throughout.

It's as good as the directors domestic efforts, but with nods to Hitchcock and other thrillers, it's certainly a standout movie.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sick, Slick and Stylish, 23 Nov 2013
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While visually, this film is brilliant - the story left me a little cold after my first viewing. However, it did stick with me for days after. After a second viewing, everything clicked. It's a dark, eerie film with great aesthetics - if you are a fan of films such as The Virgin Suicides, you may like this.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected, 28 Oct 2013
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Annette Radocaj "Annette" (Tumbi Umbi,NSW,Australia) - See all my reviews
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This is an unusual film to say the least, reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt with the Uncle Charlie character. All the stars do a very good job of conveying their inner demons.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "..BILLIANT..", 3 July 2013
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S. Drury "SDX-800" (U.K) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Stoker (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2013] (Blu-ray)
Certainly not everyone's cup of tea but brilliant non the less, a beautiful thriller that has a slow winding creepy story that is sinister and sexy at the same time, a few twists in there too, this is very well acted from the whole small cast, all performances are top notch and keep you drawn in, very violent in places not always onscreen, very surreal too! Anyway this is a great movie that's certainly worth a view; brilliant director and again proving you don't need a mega budget for a stand out original!! Disc has a few good extras!!
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