After the death of her father on her eighteenth
birthday, India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) meets her charismatic Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode)- he uncle she never knew existed. Her mother (Nicole Kidman) is drawn to Charlie, but soon India
finds not everything is as it seems with Charlie as the mystery unfolds about whom he is and the truth might set her free
or shatter her. She is a strange teenager that gets straight As and doesn’t
like anyone touching her and yet she undergoes a sexual awakening in a way as she grows into the woman she wants to be or
the woman that her mother hopes she doesn’t become.
STOKER is an interesting film from Park
Chan-wook (director of OLDBOY and LADY VENGEANCE) which has a screenplay from Wentworth Miller (the same guy who starred in
PRISON BREAK). It is a modern and more twisted remake of SHADOW OF A DOUBT
in a way. I can also see STOKER could easily be filmed in any language
and the story would still come across. India
is the type of girl I would want for a daughter and the type of person I want to have my back, but I wouldn’t want to
cross her. Mia Wasikowska steals the movie as India
where Park Chan-wook first makes her the strange teenager and transforms her into the beautiful noir fatale as she gives a
better performance than she ever did as Alice in Tim Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Nicole Kidman is also good in this movie.
STOKER may take place in the modern day, but the production and costume design shows a noir or vintage look.
Three deleted scenes which consist of two
extended scenes and one deleted scene.
THE MAKING OF THE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
EDITION POSTER- a behind-the-scenes look at the artist sketching out the poster
DIRECTOR’S VISION- cast and crew
praise the director’s vision and what he brought to the film to make it something more
MYSTERIOUS CHARACTERS- a brief featurette
on the characters of STOKER
DESIGNING THE LOOK- a quick featurette
on the production and costume design of STOKER
CREATING THE MUSIC- a look at the music
of the film
Theatrical trailer and previews of other
films including THE EAST.
FINAL ANALYSIS: STOKER has an amazing performance
from Mia Wasikowska in Park Chan-wook’s strange and yet entrancing noir which would work in any language.
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