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Director: Park Chan-wook,

Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman


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A young woman (Mia Wasikowska) gets an unexpected visit from her uncle (Matthew Goode) soon after her father passes away in this Fox Searchlight production from acclaimed director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy). Nicole


A young woman (Mia Wasikowska) gets an unexpected visit from her uncle (Matthew Goode) soon after her father passes away in this Fox Searchlight production from acclaimed director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy). Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver, and Lucas Till co-star.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Elegant direction helps to elevate a lackluster screenplay, but a game cast play things a bit too cool for comfort in Stoker, a morbid inversion of Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt that marks the English-language feature debut of celebrated South Korean director Chan-wook Park, a competent visual stylist with a flair for mystery. Thematically, Park's eerie domestic drama fits nicely into his canon, though its distinctive lack of sympathetic characters keeps us at arm's length from the action when we should be getting emotionally invested. Teenage misfit India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) is still grieving the recent death of her father when she receives an unexpected visit from her long-lost uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), a worldly entrepreneur who's been traveling to distant lands ever since she was born. As a young girl, India had a very close relationship with her beloved father Richard (Dermot Mulroney), a respected architect, but their frequent hunting trips into the deep woods left her mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman) feeling isolated and alone. After Richard dies unexpectedly, India's mourning is cut short when Charlie shows up unannounced. Mistrustful of Charlie from the moment he arrives at her sprawling country home, India only grows more suspicious of him as his relationship with her mother seems to take on sexual undertones. Meanwhile, as India contends with a high-school bully (Lucas Till), an unusual key she received on her birthday could help her to unlock the secrets of her uncle and her own family's unspoken past. Moviegoers familiar with Park's impressive filmography know that the man who brought us J.S.A.: Joint Security Area and Oldboy has a knack for turning out brutal mysteries with amazing visual texture. In Stoker, those skills are still in peak form; each camera movement has been perfectly calculated and each reveal exquisitely executed. Yet those technical achievements are ultimately wasted due in large part to a pair of mitigating factors -- the first of which is Wentworth Miller's compelling yet flawed screenplay. An ambitious piece of writing that flirts with numerous intriguing concepts regarding family and fate, it draws us in with a poetic preface and a brooding mystery, but lacks the emotional nuance to make either resonate. His exploration of the ways we're all essentially composites of our ancestors, and that all it takes is a "key" to unlock our true selves, no doubt has immense promise when folded into the story of a deeply dysfunctional -- and wealthy -- family. Sadly, the fact that the most sympathetic person is dead before the film even starts (while another likeable character is soon to follow), makes it virtually impossible to connect with Stoker. Second, while it's understandable that India might seem emotionally distant following such a trauma, the talented Wasikowska overplays the disaffected nature of her mourning with such stoicism that it blunts her story's emotional impact. Likewise, as her character's frustrated, wine-swilling mother, Kidman nearly careens into high camp, never coming off as even remotely human until she unleashes a tirade that would chill the blood of even a detached teen like India. Despite his script's shortcomings, however, Miller's adroit sense of pacing plays well to Park's strengths in sustaining tension -- ensuring that the audience remain squarely where the writer and director want them to be for most of the film's running time -- and the major reveals are difficult to see coming since Miller skillfully plays his cards close to his chest. For that reason alone, inquisitive viewers are likely to savor the challenge of piecing together the many tantalizing clues; if only we had a reason to care, they might actually manage to shake us up, instead of leaving us as cold as the frosty corpse stuffed in the Stokers' basement freezer.

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Fox Searchlight
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[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

An Exclusive Look: A Filmmaker's Journey Deleted Scenes Theatrical Behind-the-Scenes: Mysterious Characters Designing the Look Creating the Music Red Carpet Premiere Emily Wells' Performance of "Becomes the Color" Image Galleries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mia Wasikowska India Stoker
Matthew Goode Charles Stoker
Nicole Kidman Evelyn Stoker
Dermot Mulroney Richard Stoker
Jacki Weaver Gwendolyn Stoker
Lucas Till Pitts
Alden Ehrenreich Whip
David Alford Reverend
Peg Allen Housekeeper 1
Lauren Roman Housekeeper 2
Phyllis Somerville Mrs. McGarrick
Harmony Korine Mr. McGarrick
Dominick "Dino" Howard Pitts' Friend
Tyler Von Tagen Young Richard Stoker
Thomas Covert Young Charles Stoker
Jaxon Johnson Jonathan Stoker
Paxton Johnson Jonathan Stoker
Judith Godrèche Doctor Jacquin
Ralph Brown Sheriff

Technical Credits
Park Chan-wook Director
Michael Alba Camera Operator
Jennifer Albada Makeup
Brett J. Banakis Set Decoration/Design
Gloria Belz Makeup
Willie Blanchard Set Decoration/Design
Danielle Blumstein Production Designer
Chung Chung-Hoon Cinematographer
Michael Costigan Producer
Nicolas de Toth Editor
Therese DePrez Production Designer
Georgia Dunn Makeup
Michael Ellenberg Co-producer
Thomas Fatone Asst. Director
Carol Buckley Frazier Makeup
John Gidcomb Casting
Donna Isaacson Casting
Wonjo Jeong Co-producer
Meredith Johns Makeup Special Effects
Wing Lee Art Director
Clint Mansell Score Composer
Chuck Michael Sound/Sound Designer
Wentworth Miller Co-producer,Screenwriter
Bart Mueller Costumes/Costume Designer
Kyra Panchenko Makeup
Steven Rales Executive Producer
Mark Roybal Executive Producer
Tony Scott Producer
Ridley Scott Producer
Bergen Swanson Co-producer
Kurt Swanson Costumes/Costume Designer
Glen Trew Sound Mixer


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Stoker 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Nightmare_Lord More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing movie. It is the remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. I personally like this movie better. Mia gives an Oscar worthy performance as India stoker. A must see.