Mia Wasikowska is a killer in Stoker (2013)
Stoker was released early this year and is written by Wentworth Miller who is famous for his role as Michael Scorfield in the Prison Break series, and stars Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Mathew Goode.
It is also the last film produced by Tony Scott who committed suicide soon after production.
Essentially, the film is a coming of age psychological thriller involving India Stoker (Wasikowska) who suddenly loses her father on her eighteenth birthday, has to put up with her unstable mother Evelyn (Kidman) and the sudden arrival of her uncle Charlie (Goode).
Charlie has been “traveling the world” and even Evelyn has never met him until after her husband’s funeral. However, from the start we begin to find that something is not right
For starters, he seems to be taking a little too much interest in India and as people start disappearing we begin to find out how deranged he really is. However, is not the only peculiar one – India too seems a bit strange.
India is 18 and has heightened senses and is able to hear and see what others are unable to – almost like an eagle, a predator. She also enjoys killing as we see flashbacks of hunting trips with her late father, and she explains it to her mother that it was his way of controlling her urges which reminds me of Dexter.
Anyway, there is also sexual tension between the three that sometimes brinks on the edge of incest. However, those moments are always cliff-hangers and always avoided. However, a piano scene provides the innuendo to a physical relation.
Stoker is dark, disturbing and filled with blood but the cinematography provides a good contrast giving an almost clean feeling to the picture.