Stoker (2013) Movie Review

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Stoker (2013)

2013 | R | Thriller, Drama, Mystery
99 minutes / 1h 39min

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Stoker Plot Synopsis:

India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident. The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken somberness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie (Nicole Kidman), India thinks the void left by her father's death is finally being filled by his closest bloodline. Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives. Yet instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless young woman becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

Stoker (2013) Review

Stoker was on my must watch list after seeing the creepy horror trailer. The trailer compelled me to see the movie immediately to know what happens and who was in the grave at the end of the scary movie trailer. Stoker contains suspense, scary horror thriller scenes, jealousy, nudity, violence, some gory scenes, dark frightening horror scenes, murder and incest. I am not familiar with director Park Chan-wook (Day Trip, 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero, Thirst) but I am excited to see more of his previous movies. I am pretty sure I have seen some of his movies but do not remember him or maybe I just overlooked who directed the movie.

Stoker is about an 18 year old girl named India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska - Madame Bovary, Only Lovers Left Alive, Crimson Peak) whose best friend and everything is her father. Her father Richard Stoker (Dermot Mulroney - Careful What You Wish For, Sacrifice, Space Warriors) suddenly lost his life one day in a mysterious car accident which made India’s whole world upturned. She soon meets uncle Charles Stoker (Matthew Goode - Pressure, The Imitation Game, Death Comes to Pemberley) who she never heard of at her father’s funeral. He abruptly moves into their home to live with her and her mother, Evelyn Stoker (Nicole Kidman - Paddington, Before I Go to Sleep, Grace of Monaco). This movie reminds me of netflix series Hemlock Grove.

India soon discovers that her mother and uncle are intimately together and soon after she becomes fascinated/infatuated with him although she believes he is up to no good. India and her uncle soon develop a relationship - you might ask what type of relationship--you will have to watch this scary movie to get your answer. She soon came upon the assumption that her uncle is a killer after she went to the basement for ice cream and found the maids body in the freezer. I will watch this movie again a few times maybe because it has so much to offer, an ongoing unraveling story about the mysterious charamstic uncle. For one, he was in a mental institution and he is not the only killer in this movie. I found out who’s grave India was shoveling dirt into.

  • Stoker Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.03
  • IMDB: 6.8
  • MetaCritic: 5.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.9

About Stoker 2013

Title: Stoker
Year: 2013
Runtime: 99 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Reviewer: Score: 4 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.51/5 stars from 95,418 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 95,418 MPAA Rating: R
Stoker Cast Starring: Lucas Till, Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Ralph Brown, Matthew Goode, Jacki Weaver, Dermot Mulroney, David Alford, Colleen Helm, Wendy Keeling, William Ryan Watson, Paxton Johnson, Rodger D. Eldridge, Judith Godrèche, Shelby Johnson, Adrienne Leigh, Tom Carpenter, Judith Godrèche, Peg Allen, Harry P. Castros, Lauren E. Roman, Roger D. Eldridge, Phyllis Somerville, Michael T. Flynn, Harmony Korine, Hanna Frankel, Alden Ehrenreich, Danielle Ivery, Dominick 'Dino' Howard, Bear Sheeley
Stoker Writers: NA
Stoker Director: Chan-wook Park
Box Office: $1,700,000
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Website: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/stoker/
Language: English, French, Italian
Country: UK, USA